SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -

A record turnout filled Sertoma Park Saturday morning in Sioux Falls for the 27th annual ‘Walk To End Alzheimer's.’ 

KDLT's Evening Anchor, Tom Hanson, emceed the event that was filled with around one thousand walkers.

The goal for Saturday's event was to raise $135,000 to help support families affected by the disease as well as for research towards finding a cure.

Alzheimer’s Association State Director, Leslie Morrow, said the real impact the ‘Walk To End Alzheimer's’ has is bringing people impacted by the disease together in one place.

"We see families that didn't know each other until today embracing each other. They see themselves in others. There's nothing like being with 900 other souls who truly understand the impact this disease has on a family. It's what makes today so poignant,” said Morrow.

Morrow said the nearly two mile walk event has grown substantially with participants each year.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, more than five million Americans are currently diagnosed with Alzheimer's.