BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Saturday was the 18th Run-Walk to Remember. It's one of the annual fundraising events for Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area but organizers the day is about more than just raising money.
"It's beautiful out here. it's fantastic so many people are out here," said long-time WAFB anchor Paul Gates who is living with Alzheimer's disease.
More than 8,000 people flocked to LSU for the 18th annual Run-Walk to Remember 5k Race. Teams made up families and friends came out to remember a loved one who lost their battle with the disease.
"We've been supporting Alzheimer's for the last ten years in support of my dad. He had a battle with Alzheimer's that he lost about ten years ago," said Dale Quincy.
"My mother passed away from Alzheimer's in 1999, and she was a great lady. She was my hero," said Rose Marie Leleaux.
Organizers say they were thrilled to see such large numbers of people come out to help raise money for groups that serve Alzheimer's patients and their families.
"We are so fortunate in Baton Rouge.," said Barbara Auten, Executive Director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area. "We are the only agency in this state that offers the support, the education programs...the support programs."
Those who have lost relatives to this disease hope increased education and awareness about it will finally lead us to a cure.
"I honestly don't want to go through what my mom went through and if there's a way for you find the cure and fight it, then by all means do everything that you can. We just need more and more people every single year to raise money and get this together," said Allie Leleaux who lost her grandmother to the disease.
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