Alzheimer’s disease impacts Tennessee families in every county from west to east, and now court clerks across the state, including DeKalb County 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 we all 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, we want to make sure there is hope and help available for everyone in our county,” said Circuit Court Clerk Katherine Pack.
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. Circuit Court Clerk Pack has already made a personal donation of at least $50 and each deputy clerk in the office has made a $10 donation.
“If the public would like to pitch in, and other court clerks in the state make similar donations, together we can raise more than $15,000,” said Pack. "There is a competition for "Purple Out Clerk Champion" in East, Middle, and West Tennessee, and we hope to represent our county well."
Everyone in DeKalb County is encouraged to wear purple on Friday, Sept. 18, for the state’s first “Purple Out Day”.
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 at www.alzTennessee.org or by calling toll-free statewide 888-326-9888.
Thank you DeKalb County for your support in this great cause.