WICHITA FALLS, TX (RNN Texoma) - More than 470 Texomans walked to bring awareness and raise money to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease Saturday morning despite the rain.
Wichita Falls Alzheimer’s Association, who hosted the fundraiser, reported there are more than 5 million people living with the disease and it is sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
Many of the participants said they walked through their rain to support their friends who have been affected by the disease.
Sebastian Romero walked with his fellow Midwestern State University Sociology club members to support a friend who lost a grandmother because of the disease.
“It’s a disease that not many people take into consideration because its death toll is not as big as Cancer,” Romero said.
Gradie Moore walked in it for the first time with her children and mother.
We made this a family affair. I definitely want my children to understand how important is to give back to their community and causes bigger than yourselves as well."
She walked for her friend who lost her grandmother.
“You could see that she was going through a lot of pain. You lose someone not from Cancer but they start to lose memories of you," Moore said. "You can start seeing that deterioration and that laid heavy in our heart. To be able to be out there for her made me feel good.”
Wichita Falls Alzheimer’s Association raised more than $67,000 which was just short of its goal of $80,000.
You can still donate on the non-profit’s website.