MARYVILLE (WATE) – Alzheimer’s disease impacts Tennessee families in every county. Court Clerks across the state, including Blount County’s Circuit Court Clerk Tom Hatcher, are showing their support by participating in the inaugural statewide “Purple Out Day” benefitting Alzheimer’s Tennessee, a not-for-profit organization.
“Alzheimer’s is truly devastating and I personally know how hard it is to watch a loved one begin to forget things, and then eventually need care and support twenty-four hours a day. This is a brain disease that shows no mercy, and while there is no cure, I want to make sure there is hope and help available for everyone in our County,” said Hatcher.
From Memphis to Mountain City, 205 Court Clerks and their deputy clerks are expected to wear purple and participate in the first “Purple Out Day” on Friday, Sept. 18 to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and related dementias as well as raise funds to support the work of Alzheimer’s Tennessee. Hatcher said he already made a personal donation of at least $50 and has invited each deputy clerk in the office to make a $10 donation.
Blount County residents are encouraged to wear purple on Sept. 18 for the state’s first “Purple Out Day”, just two days before the annual Foothills Alzheimer’s Tennessee Walk on Sept. 20 at Maryville College at Noon.
Hatcher invites the community to participate in both events and show its support in another special way. Beginning on Sept. 1, anyone who would like to honor or memorialize a loved one touched by Alzheimer’s or dementia may bring a photo of that individual to the Blount County Justice Center to be included on the Alzheimer’s Tennessee Tribute Wall. The photos added to the wall and information shared about those individuals will become part of a display recognizing the Faces of Alzheimer’s across the state.
Because Alzheimer’s disease and dementia impact at least 110,000 Tennesseans, the Board of Directors for the State Court Clerks Association of Tennessee voted to adopt and support Alzheimer’s Tennessee, a Tennessee-based 501c3 not-for-profit organization that provides support services, promotes brain health through education, and champions research for better prevention and treatment strategies. Court clerks had the opportunity to learn more about the disease at their annual conferences this year. Information about Alzheimer’s and related dementias will be available to the public through court clerk offices and at http://www.alzTennessee.org or by calling toll-free statewide 888.326.9888.