On September 23, 2017, over 70 members of the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program–representing current Montgomery and Prince Georges Community Colleges, University of Maryland, and our alumni–descended on the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD, to support the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. This walk, held in over 600 communities nationwide, is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
Our students helped at every stage and every square inch of this spectacular event–registering participants, guiding them and providing them with lovely flowers (representing the participant’s reason for walking) and water, cheering them on at the beginning and end of the walk, and generally providing that indescribly positive Hillman spirit that marks everything we do.
Here is the eye witness report from Jason Denny, 2017 Hillman Entrepreneur from Montgomery College:
“On September 23, 2017 a magical event happened at National Harbor. People from all over the region banded together to show their support for Alzheimer’s awareness by participating in a 5k walk. This event, which took place from 9:30am until about 11:30am, had hundreds of attendees hoping to change the world for the better. I was there as a volunteer. My duties included standing along the walking route and encouraging the walkers. I was able to see some things which helped me learn two valuable lessons. First, I saw a woman carrying her young child; even though she was obviously tired, she wanted to finish the walk. This taught me that true dedication to a cause can help you overcome difficult obstacles. The second event I saw was people carrying signs to remember family and friends who have passed away or who currently suffer from Alzheimer’s. This showed me how valuable the past is, and although it may be improper to constantly dwell in it, remembering it and learning from it is always beneficial.”