Hundreds turn out to fight Alzheimer's

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Hundreds of people walked for a cause Saturday morning.

Family, friends and co-workers walked side by side along the greenway at the Laurel Church of Christ in Sequoyah Hills for this year's Alzheimer's Walk.

Some of them had never been touched by the disease until their role model Coach Pat Summit's diagnosis. Some deal with it each day.

"I work in the healthcare industry and one of the focuses of our company is the dementia population," Harry House said.

Among the large crowd were several of our WVLT members who came out to fight the disease.

"I know many of us within WVLT have been touched by someone who's had the disease so we want to be out here to help fight," Michele Silva said.

Also on hand, former UT Football Coach Phillip Fulmer.

"My whole family is here today. My mom has the disease and there are so many people that fight the battle. We're just here to fight anyway we can," Fulmer said.

By the look of this year's crowd, he said many are putting up a good fight.

The walk was part of the Alzheimer's Tennessee fundraiser.

Last year, nearly $260,000 was raised.

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