Buncombe County to Be Painted Purple

The Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter is inviting Buncombe County residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in Paint the Town Purple on Aug. 14.

In Buncombe County, it is estimated that more than 5,600 individuals are likely diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other dementia and an additional 17,000 caregivers are affected by the burden of caring for someone living with the disease in the county.

The Planning Committee for the Asheville Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is asking residents, local businesses, churches, schools and other community groups to get involved.

Interested parties can participate in the following ways:

  • Go purple on social media and use #ENDALZ on photos and posts
  • Encourage co-workers, neighbors and friends to wear purple
  • Display purple ribbons or decorations in your workplace
  • Sell and display the Alzheimer’s Association’s paper flowers or wristbands
  • Decorate your storefront or light up your building purple
  • Help distribute Walk to End Alzheimer’s® promotional materials around the county

“We encourage everyone to take action and get involved in Paint the Town Purple to make a difference in improving the quality of lives of those living with this devastating disease in our community,” said Lynn Bryant, Asheville Walk to End Alzheimer’s® Committee Member.

The largest Alzheimer’s awareness and fundraising event in Buncombe County, the Asheville County Walk to End Alzheimer’s, will take place on Saturday, Sept. at Pack Square Park.  Paint the Town Purple offers an opportunity for the community to get involved on a local level and learn more about the efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association and Walk to End Alzheimer’s®.

The public can learn more ways they can get involved in Paint the Town Purple by contacting Regional Manager, Denise Young at dyoung@alz.org or by calling 828-254-7363.

About Shelby Harrell

Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.