It was my junior year of high school when I first heard of the Walk for Hope. I had recently joined Wake Forest High School’s DECA Inc. chapter and decided to volunteer at that year’s Walk. Little did I know the impact that this organization would have in my life.
At the Walk, my group and I were in charge of working the Pepsi stand, distributing drinks to the thousands of walkers that passed by. The passion and excitement that filled every single face that we saw that day was addictive, unlike anything I had ever seen before.
The next year, my girlfriend Caroline and I decided to take our involvement to the next level. Through DECA, we created a public relations project called “Stand Against Stigma” with the Walk for Hope being one of our key platforms. That year we did everything we could to help, from passing out fliers to businesses around town, to volunteering at the actual Walk itself. Ever since then we have made sure to stay involved as much as we can through college (Go Pack!).
The Foundation for Hope is more than an annual walk. It is an organization that promises a better tomorrow. It is a promise that no matter what we go through, we are not alone, and it is a home for those who didn’t even know they needed it. If you have attended the Walk before, you know exactly what I mean when I say this—and if you have never experienced the Walk for Hope, I guarantee you it will change your life forever.