NOLANVILLE, TX — According to the Texas Department of State Heath Services, 390,000 people age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer's disease.
The CDC also confirmed that the disease is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the U.S.
Dottie Baird fought Alzheimer's for 10 long years and her loved ones said the disease can be very scary for family members involved.
Her great granddaughter, Stephenie Evans, said even though her family's battle against the disease ended in April when Dottie passed away, they will never stop working to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research.
"I am the team captain for Team Fearless. We fearlessly raise funds to work towards ending Alzheimer's, 365 days a year," said Evans.
Evans has organized a benefit concert for the Walk To End Alzheimer's Bell County. It will kick off Friday at 6 p.m. at Pit Stop Bar & Grill in Nolanville and will end at midnight.
"The actual walk will be in September, but my big benefit this year is going to be a benefit concert, silent auction and barbecue. We'll be selling barbecue plates. They will be in to go boxes so if you can't come and stay and join us for the fun you're more than welcome come by and pick up dinner," said Evans.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Alzheimer's Association.