Hundreds Take Part in Walk to End Alzheimer's

Danville, VA - According to the Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's affects 5 million people nationwide.

The local chapter of the organization wanted to raise awareness about just how prevalent the disease is.

The Alzheimer's Association held their biggest annual fundraiser on Saturday, called the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Hundreds of people filed into Ballou Park in Danville to walk for the special cause.

During the opening ceremony, individuals talked about their fight with Alzheimer's and just how much it affects their lives. Several people also were there to walk in honor of their loved ones with the disease.

"Everyone has a way they can be part of this fight," said Sue Friedman, President of the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of Alzheimer's Association. "If you've been touched by the disease, you know how devastating this is and you want to fight. If you haven't been touched the disease, you don't want to, so there's a place for everyone in the fight against Alzheimer's disease."

The organization hoped to raise just under $40,000. The proceeds will go toward Alzheimer's service programs in Danville and Pittsylvania County.