Legendary UT Coach Phillip Fulmer Announces Plans for
25th Anniversary Knoxville Alzheimer’s Tennessee WALK to Grow at New Location
(Knoxville – Feb. 2015) Legendary UT Coach Phillip Fulmer announced that the 25th Anniversary Knoxville Alzheimer’s Tennessee WALK will have room to “grow” with its new home at the UT Gardens on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
“We hope the beautiful UT Gardens will inspire everyone who has been touched by Alzheimer’s to join us Saturday, April 18 and show their support for individuals and families – like mine – who count on support from Alzheimer’s Tennessee,” said Fulmer, who has served as an Honorary Chairperson along with his family for nearly a decade.
“My family looks at the WALK as a way to honor my mother who is living with Alzheimer’s, and I invite all sons, daughters, grandchildren, friends, colleagues, and neighbors who value their memories to team up and walk with us. Turn the walk into your family reunion and unite for this important cause,” Fulmer added.
Fulmer joined Alzheimer’s Tennessee Executive Director Janice Wade-Whitehead and key Alzheimer’s Tennessee volunteers at the UT Gardens to plant a redbud that is expected to bloom around the day of the walk that is now just two months away.
“With every step we take and every dollar we raise at our silver anniversary walk this spring, we will sew ‘seeds of hope’ for families living with this disease today and for those who worry about the future impact of Alzheimer’s and related dementias,” said Wade-Whitehead who has led the organization since 1991. “For 25 years, walkers, donors and volunteers have made it possible for Alzheimer’s Tennessee to share strategies for caring and coping, to promote brain health, and to invest in advocacy and research seeking better treatments, and we know the need is only growing.”
Someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease every 67 seconds. It’s estimated more than 120,000 Tennesseans are living with Alzheimer’s along with all of their families and caregivers.
The UT Gardens, along Neyland Drive next to the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, will provide more than 1,200 expected participants convenient access to nearby parking lots. Walkers will find live music, free food, and fun for children and pets before the actual walk. Walkers will be able to choose from a shorter symbolic route through the UT Gardens or a longer route on the greenway.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee and the UT Gardens are also partnering to include additional educational opportunities and ways to honor loved ones at the April WALK.
“Research shows that gardens have many therapeutic benefits for individuals who have Alzheimer’s,” said Derrick Stowell, UT Gardens Educator. “We have been providing therapeutic garden programs for individuals with Alzheimer’s. It is even more exciting that we are now able to offer our gardens to help raise awareness and support for Alzheimer’s Tennessee and those who are fighting this disease.”
Sign up today to walk, donate or volunteer by visiting www.alzTennessee.org/KnoxWalk2015 . There is no registration fee, but walkers who raise or donate $50 by April 7 will qualify for a souvenir t-shirt at the WALK on April 18.
Anyone interested in learning more is invited to the 25th Anniversary Knoxville Alzheimer’s Tennessee WALK Kickoff Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 26. To reserve a seat, please contact Alzheimer’s Tennessee Director of Development Kay Watson at 865.544.6288 x225 or kay.watson@TNalz.org .
WALK: 25th Anniversary Knoxville WALK – Saturday, April 18 at UT Gardens
Next to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
2518 Jacob Dr. Knoxville, TN 37996
KICKOFF: Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 | Noon Luncheon
Buddy’s BBQ Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
(Across from the purple Alzheimer’s Tennessee Resource Center)
Please Reserve Your Seat. Contact Kay Watson at kay.watson@TNalz.org or call 865.544.6288.
About Alzheimer’s Tennessee:
Alzheimer’s Tennessee is a locally-incorporated non-profit group founded by area families and professionals in 1983. The 501c3 organization’s mission is to serve those facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, to promote brain health through education, and to champion global prevention and treatment efforts.
There’s only one Knoxville Alzheimer’s WALK, from which ALL proceeds benefit Tennesseeans.