COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Happening this weekend, The Walk to end Alzheimer's is an event to raise awareness about the disease.
As the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, it effects several families across the country and even some right here in the Brazos Valley. Debbie Waskow found out about her diagnosis just under a year ago. Her father who was an Aggie also passed away from the disease, but they both still share something in common, being a part of the walk to end Alzheimer's.
"He walked for several years before passing away so its in the family, all the family shows up and it just makes me know that I'm doing the best that i can to support the organization and the disease, its a terrible disease," Debbie said.
Another person walking is Sara Yasrebi, she lost her grandmother to the disease just under seven years ago. Now, hoping to get into medical school soon, Sara says one of her top goals is to find a cure.
"My grandma and I wasn't as close as my mom and I, and I think the fact that I'm kind of worried about my mom, her dad had Alzheimer's, her mom had Alzheimer's, it just hits really close to home when you think about losing your parents to something like that," Sara said.
Sara also helped create the "Texas Aggies Fighting Alzheimer's" organization on Texas A&M's campus to help donate more to local companies.
The Walk to end Alzheimer's will be on October 22nd at Wolf Pen Creek. The goal is to raise 31,000 dollars, the organization is currently at 56,000.