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If you know etiquette like I know etiquette then you already know it's not cool to wear white after Labor Day. However, a local Abilene Alzheimer's Association walk team says it's OK to wear white after Labor Day since it's meant to remind everyone about the fight to put an end to Alzheimer's.

Since Labor Day is the official end of summer and the rule of thumb is always been put your whites away till spring. The Alzheimers Hunters Heroes team captain is encouraging all West Texans to continue to wear white after Labor Day as a constant reminder of the cruel disease that Alzheimer's and dementia are.

The sad fact is that currently, the disease has NO preventatives and NO cure and while purple may be the officially recognized Alzheimer's Association color. Tamara Hunter, the Hunter Heroes team captain says "white has significance because at the Walk to End Alzheimer's every year a white flower serves as a symbol of hope for Alzheimer's first survivor."

Thus the reason the Hunters Heroes team captain is asking everyone to wear white this Labor Day weekend as a show of support. Kristin Bishop, Abilene Region Director for the Alzheimer’s Association says “fighting to end Alzheimer’s and supporting those impacted isn’t just seasonal.”

Bishop went on to say that “we are working towards the day when we will live in a world without Alzheimer’s and dementia, and until that day, we remain committed to ensuring quality care and support is available for those navigating a dementia journey.” Source: Abilene Alzheimer's Assoc. Kristin Bishop Press Release

To help spread the word about the fight against Alzheimer’s. The 2nd annual invitation-only Wear White Affair will be hosted on Saturday, September 3rd at the Martin D Denson VFW Post 6873. The private party featuring DJ Bigg, food, raffles, and prizes serves as a team fundraiser benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association in Abilene.

To get registered for the Abilene Walk to End Alzheimer’s sign up online at Make a donation to the Hunter Heroes team via the Abilene Walk to End Alzheimer’s website at

Plans to attend and participate in this year's Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Grover Nelson Park by the Abilene Zoo. When you register you'll also begin receiving the latest updates from the Abilene Alzheimer’s Assoc.

Alzheimer's Facts

  1. More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease – a leading cause of death in the United States.
  2. More than 11 million family members and friends provide care to people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
  3. In Texas alone, there are more than 400,000 people living with the disease and well over one million usually unpaid caregivers.

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