Early Saturday morning, June 30, approximately 70 passengers assembled at the Frisco Room Station to board the Number-10 Dillon Express. This was the starting point for the 2018 ACB Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk. Rather than a morning cup of coffee, passengers received their caffeine boost from the upbeat walk song written by Josh Haza, music instructor at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind. Passengers began their trek through the winding hallways of the Union Station Hotel out to the pool area. The train then traveled past the pool and around a beautiful lake before returning at the hotel.
Why was this walk such a success? With this being the 10th anniversary of the ACB Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk, the walk committee had some lofty goals. Once again, family members, co-workers, ACB members and staff, and corporate sponsors helped us far exceed our fund-raising goal. Our goal was to raise $67,000. This year’s walk has so far raised $83,654!
What also made this year’s walk so special was that it had more teams than ever, with several state and special-interest affiliates coming on board for the first time.
Whether you were an on-site or virtual walker, a donor or a sponsor, thank you so much for your support of the walk and, more importantly, ACB. On behalf of the walk committee, a huge thank-you to all who traveled on the Number-10 Dillon Express to make the 2018 ACB Brenda Dillon Memorial Walk such a great success! Stay tuned for the 2019 Walk in Rochester.
— Donna Brown
And they’re off! Dan Dillon, left, walks with a volunteer. Behind him are Allan Peterson and Zelda Gebhard, followed by a large crowd of walk participants. Photo by Dennis Becker.