BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Over 12,000 people signed up to walk in the 40th Annual Alzheimer’s Services Walk and honor LSU baseball coach Jay Johnson.

The 40th Annual Alzheimer’s Services Walk was hosted at The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. Organizers said it’s not just about bringing awareness to the disease.

“So many of us in our community are diagnosed with this terrible disease and it affects the whole family,” said Terry Robillare, a participant.

Robillare took this day to remember her mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s and to support the families in Baton Rouge that face the same crisis.

“My mother was diagnosed and she went to be with the Lord in 2017. But she was diagnosed in 2008, then we became members of the Alzheimer’s Charlie’s Place,” said Robillare.

Johnson is using this as his opportunity to highlight the help that is available for families or individuals fighting the disease. Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area is one of the main organizers.

“We have a lot of industry that is related to care in the home and assisted living and residential care for those who are caring for some loved one with Alzheimer’s,” said Barbara Auten, Executive Director at Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area.

Auten said they’ve raised just a little under $300,000 dollars to help the community.

If you are coping with memory-related dementia, call Alzheimer’s Services.