It's been eight years since Betty Neil started the very first Memory Walk to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease.
Her husband Jim Neil was a doctor in Thomasville and diagnosed himself with the disease.
Neil says the disease can be hereditary and describes how hard it was watching Alzheimer’s take over her husband as well as her mother-in-law.
"We saw Jim's mother, who was a talented, gracious lady, turn into a stranger, who was never herself again and was institutionalized for 10 years before she died."
Thursday, the Alzheimer's Association held a luncheon to kickoff the walk. People were able to sign up for teams and get ready for the walk coming up in October.
For more information on how you can donate, call 229-888-7676.