Dozens of north Alabamians create “purple wave” during Day on the Hill in Montgomery

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Before the sun rose on Tuesday morning, dozens of north Alabamians loaded on a bus bound for Montgomery. The crew's purpose is making Alzheimer's awareness a top public health priority. The bus was full of people who know the heartache the disease causes.

"My grandfather," 9-year-old Alexandria Cain said. "He developed the disease and my mom says, the mood totally changed."

One woman particularly knows how debilitating it can be for the whole family.

"My grandmother, my uncle, my mother and myself," Alzheimer's Patient Renee Perkins said.

Perkins knows the pain because she's fighting her own battle. What's more, the disease has a chance of continuing to harm her loved ones.

"It is a dominantly inherited gene that means that each of my three sons have the chance of carrying the gene as well," Perkins said.

Sadly, Alzheimer's has found its way into each of these advocates' lives. Which is why Michelle Cain said the "Day on the Hill" in Montgomery is so important.

"It really helps when you're looking at someone, and they're telling you just how this disease affects them and affects their family," Cain said.

Governor Robert Bentley approved an Alzheimer's Disease Task Force last year to make recommendations for a state plan.

"Now what we're asking is for another task force be convened to actually turn those recommendations into legislation," Cain said.

As they take their cause to the capitol, they said they'll keep advocating until there's no more Alzheimer's.

"Because it's my family. It's affected my family," Perkins said.

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