Since the inception of the Grommet Island Park and the first walk back in 2008, WPL has had an invested interest in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research and awareness. Of the WPL family, seven employees took part in the JT walk on October 5th, which originally came to life through Bruce Thompson’s son’s battle with ALS. What started out as one team in the Hampton Roads ALS walk became the National ALS Association’s largest single day walk and fundraiser! Through the years, the JT Walk has raised over $7 million for ALS research and patient services, as well as community projects including, JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park & Playground for EveryBODY, the “Grombulance” kid-friendly medical transport for Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and early development of JT’s Camp Grom.
Over the last 6 years more than 30,000 people have gathered at the Virginia Beach oceanfront to participate in what is now known as the JT Walk & Beach Party. The day was filled with enthusiasm and a determination to stomp ALS.
WPL was also deeply involved in the culmination of JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park & Playground for EveryBODY as well as JT’s Camp Grom.