1989: The First Walk
The first Walk, called the Thad Eure Jr. Walk for Hope, began with approximately 200 participants earning about $20,000. The walk stretched 12 miles, beginning at the Angus Barn Restaurant and finishing at the 42nd Street Oyster Bar in downtown Raleigh. Many people helped coordinate the first Walk for Hope, and a few of the leaders were Henk Schuitemaker, Jill Rutherford, Jeff Crapster, Wendy Hoover, Brad Hurley, Frank Dale, Van Eure, Keith Fogelman, John Vick and Stuart Woodard. Little did they know how much the Walk for Hope would do to enhance and enlighten the Triangle community’s understanding of mental illness.