KNOXVILLE (WATE) – It is estimated that 110,000 people are living with Alzheimer’s Disease in Tennessee. The disease is one of the leading causes of death and cannot be prevented, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. People are encouraged to wear purple during the longest day of the year, Monday.
The Alzheimer’s Association annually raises money on the day, also known as the summer solstice. Teams raise money and participate in activities to honor those living with the disease for 16 hours.
There are multiple events in East Tennessee to attend to help raise money for the organization:
- Suttree’s Tavern on Gay Street is hosting “BarCade” from 3 p.m. until closing. Proceeds for the organization will come from the pin ball machines.
- Alphi Phi Omega and Knoxville Chili’s restaurants are partnering to raise money. A part of sales will be donated to the organization. Present The Longest Day flier when receiving the bill.
- The Knoxville Bridge Club is hosting a tournament at 6:45 p.m. at 7400 Deane Hill Drive.
- The Oak Ridge Bridge Cul is hosting a tournament at 10:30 a.m. at the Oak Ridge Bridge Club.
- The Smokey Mountain Bridge Club will be hosting a tournament at 10 a.m. at the Green Meadow and Foothills Bridge in Maryville.
- On June 24, there will be a bridge tournament at the the Everett Bridge Club at 10 a.m. in Maryville.
- The Tellico Bridge Club will be hosting a game at 1 p.m. on June 24 in Tellico Village.
To support The Longest Day and the Alzheimer’s Association on social media, use the hashtag “#ENDALZ.”