October 3rd, 2021

Walk to Defeat ALS® Tidewater

The JT Walk is now The Walk to Defeat ALS® Tidewater. The name may have changed but the mission remains. Let’s march together toward a treatment, and ultimately a cure for ALS.

October 2nd, 2021

The JT Gala

A night of celebration, fundraising and good times with the JT community who’ve supported the walk for so many years. This special night of fun will raise funds to help support the ALS research and other community projects. Details on sponsorship packages and event activities will be shared soon. Stay tuned!

Look How Far We’ve Come

For the past 13 years we have come together to support individuals and families in the fight against ALS and we have helped our community become a place where people with disabilities, including our wounded veterans, can experience a life without limits.

Our Accomplishments Have Been Remarkable

Raising over
$20 million dollars
Donating ambulances to our local Children’s Hospital
Building an oceanside park that’s accessible to everyone
Creating and developing a year-round camp for people of all ages with physical limitations

Now We Welcome A New Chapter

We’ve done so much, but we’re not done yet. We’re excited to introduce the inaugural JT Walk Weekend. A weekend of events where our community comes together to fight ALS through fundraising, walking, support and celebration.

The weekend will be kicked off the night before the walk, The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation will host the first ever JT Gala at the Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

We will celebrate the life of Josh Thompson and carry his legacy of bringing people together for a common cause.

Our 2020 Impact

Amount Raised


Goal $400,000




Josh Thompson was a fun-loving surfer, husband and father of two sons when he was diagnosed with ALS. Josh was a fighter, so he began his courageous 13-year battle with the disease, inspiring thousands to join him to find a cure and assist other victims of ALS.

Through the annual JTWalk, Josh's friends and family achieved extraordinary results, donating millions to ALS research while also making Virginia Beach more accessible to wounded warriors and kids with disabilities.

Josh lost his battle with ALS on October 29, 2020. But his spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of thousands who will never stop walking for him.

Donate to Make A Difference

When we don't walk, we have to keep at it. JT Walk is about more than one event. It's about making a meaningful difference in the fight against ALS. Patients and families are counting on us now. Let's keep the giving going all year!


Every year, the JT Walk raises millions for important community projects like these!

Camp Grom

Outdoor adventures for disabled children and wounded veterans.

JT's Grommet Island

First-ever accessible beach park for disabled children

The Grombulance

Advanced mobile pediatric care for CHKD patients


Raised to fight ALS and Support Stem Cell Research