Organizers raising awareness for Lufkin's annual Alzheimer's walk

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Registration started Thursday for the annual Alzheimer's walk in Lufkin.

Organizers say the annual walk event is the Alzheimer's Association's biggest fundraiser and helps to raise awareness throughout the community.

The disease is the nation's sixth leading cause of death.

Wayne Philpott has been involved with the organization for the past six years.

"I first became involved with Alzheimer's as a result of my mother having it. She got the disease back in the early 2000s. She unfortunately passed away the year before last in March," Philpott said.

Philpott said they are always looking for volunteers and the budget for this year is $44,000.

"That doesn't sound like a lot of money but it goes a long way with the Alzheimer's Association, which is the largest volunteer organization in the United States helping to fight this disease," Philpott said. "The worst thing about the Alzheimer's disease is that it's going to take a lot of resources in order to fight this disease. Right now, we have no way to prevent, treat, or cure this disease."

The walk will raise funds and lend support to family members and care givers.

This year's walk in Lufkin will begin at 9 a.m. on September 28, 2013, on the Lufkin Middle School track.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and there is no registration fee.

You can go online to sign up at

There will also be a walk in Nacogdoches on October 12 at the Native Plant Center starting at 9 a.m., and in San Augustine on October 26 at the Chamber of Commerce starting at 10 a.m.

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