POSTED: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 7:42pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 10:34pm
La Union, NM (KTSM) — More than 2,000 people spent their Saturday morning walking to end Alzheimer's disease.
Elizabeth Augustain, along with her family and friends walked for her father, who's in the middle of his battle with the disease.
"More research, because I really feel that this disease is preventable. It's lifelong disease and it's a slow progressing disease. And its a lot of suffering for the families and also for the patients," said Augustain.
Maria Guerrero and 70 of her family and friends came to remember Maria's father, Eugenio who died from the disease.
"Even when he was sick he would make us laugh. Strong man physically, mentally he was gone for about two years. He was a very special person and all of us remember him with a lot of love," said Guerrero.
Everyone who came to Saturday's event, has been affected by Alzheimer's in some way or another and had a story to share.
"I'm here for my great aunt who passed away due to Alzheimer's," said NewsChannel Nine's Beau Bagley, who helped emcee the event.
Some participants were called on stage and their story was shared with the crowd.
"Susanna walks to end Alzheimer's in memory of her mother and in honor of all families who have lost someone they really love," said NewsChannel Nine's Chuck Debroder, who also helped emcee the event.
But it wasn't just a day to mourn those we've lost or those slowly fighting the disease. It was a day to be proactive.
"More people are getting this horrible disease and we do need to participate. We do need to raise the funds. We do need to be aware," said Guerrero.
"Just because walk day is here, doesn't mean our fundraising has to end," said Debroder.
Event organizers said Saturday's turnout was the largest they've seen.
"Bigger and better for a couple of reasons, people are learning more about the disease. Now more people are being affected. More people are coming out to support," said Susie Gorman, with the Alzheimers Association El Paso Chapter.
So far, the event has raised $115,000.