Many families throughout West Virginia are dealing with or know someone who is dealing with Alzheimer’s.  

On Saturday, October 13, community members will be walking in Elkins to raise money and awareness for the illness during the Elkins Alzheimer’s Walk.  Officials say the walk is a great way to educate the community and better assist the elder community within the county.

“Alzheimer’s affects over five million people in this country, and as our generations grow older and live longer we’re going to see this become a bigger and bigger issue.  It’s very important that we address it and raise awareness,” said Davis Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Catherine Chua.

Officials have surpassed their goal of having 100 participants signed up and are eager to raise more than their $5,000 event target.