JT Walk & Beach Party
The Park for Everybody
Inspired by Josh Thompson's battle with ALS, the first JT Walk to Defeat ALS in 2008 drew over 5,000 supportive participants raised $1 million, shining a bright and hopeful light on the goodness of those who seek a way to help in times of need.
Heartbroken that Josh, a lifelong beach lover, could not enjoy time here with his own children, his family saw a similar longing in others. While watching a physically challenged young boy unable to join other children at another oceanfront park, Josh's family imagined a park for EVERYbody.
Over 9,000 participated in the 2nd JT Walk & Beach Party in 2009, raising $2 million for both the ALS Association and construction of this Park. May this serve as a constant reminder that in every tragic event there is an opportunity for good works and sharing our God given talents to benefit others.
This statue, "Anticipation," is dedicated to those who, like Josh, face their challenge every day, from leaving home in a wheelchair to catching that first wave. JT's Grommet Island Beach Park
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 36° 49.82′ N, 75° 58.149′ W. Marker is in North Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker is on Virginia Beach Boardwalk 0.1 miles south of 2nd Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 2nd St, Virginia Beach VA 23451, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. de Witt Cottage (approx. 0.7 miles away); Atlantic Wildfowl Museum (approx. ¾ mile away); Patsy Cline (approx. 0.8 miles away); Thomas Jefferson (approx. 0.8 miles away); John Marshall (approx. 0.8 miles away); Walter Reed (approx. 0.8 miles away); Ella Fitzgerald (approx. 0.8 miles away); Patrick Henry (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Virginia Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 30, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.