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Fulmer: The fight against Alzheimer's is personal
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For former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer, the fight against Alzheimer's is personal - his mother lives with the disease.

Fulmer and his family will join more than a thousand walkers participating in the Knoxville Alzheimer's Tennessee WALK on Saturday, April 18 at the University of Tennessee Gardens on the agriculture campus off Neyland Drive.

"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," said Fulmer in a press release. "Turn the walk into your family reunion and unite for this important cause."

The legendary Tennessee coach vividly remembers the day he realized his mother had Alzheimer's.

"All of a sudden, mom - she was in a wheelchair at the time - started zipping all over the house in a panic. I said, 'What's wrong mom? What can I do for you?'"

Fulmer said his mother said she was looking for her phone.

"I said, 'Well it's right here and it's plugged in. Can I call some for you?'"

His mother replied, "No. I need to call 911, you're not supposed to be here."

According to Fulmer, many families who have loved ones with Alzheimer's can share similar stories. He hopes the walk will not only provide some comfort, but also raise money to serve those who have the disease, to promote brain health, and to support prevention and treatment efforts.

"We hope the beautiful UT Gardens will inspire everyone who has been touched by Alzheimer's to join us Saturday, April 18 to show their support for individuals and families - like mine - who count on support from Alzheimer's Tennessee," said Fulmer.

For nearly a decade, Fulmer has served as an honorary chair for the WALK along with his family. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the WALK, which will feature free food, live music, and fun for the whole family, including pets.

Click here to register and get more information. You can also call 865-544-6288 for more details.


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