Golf green goes purple for Alzheimer's awareness, fundraiser

SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) One woman’s tragedy has turned into her mission.

Annette Carter spent the day passing out water, Gatorade, sodas, and snacks to the men playing in the Roanoke Valley Senior Golf Tour at Hanging Rock.

“The guys are having the times of their lives too, and we’re eating up the fact that she’s out here, really,” said Chairman of the Roanoke Valley Senior Golf Tour, Tommy Firebaugh.

Carter buys these goodies from money out of her own pocket, and just asks for donations in return.

“You know, I go out, and I give all the guys a hug, and I thank them so much for their donations,” she said. “They always say, ‘Well how much is a pack of chips and a drink,’ and I say, ‘Whatever you want to give, if it’s a dime, it’s that much goes to Alzheimer’s.’ They’re very generous, very generous.”

And this is a cause very near and dear to her heart. It’s something she hopes her fundraising will one day, help end.

“I couldn’t save my husband, so I’m out trying to save the rest of us and his memory as well. It’s a horrible disease to watch somebody day in and day out forget.”

This community has rallied around Carter’s mission to end this disease, filling the field of green, with a sea of purple.

“June is Alzheimer’s month, and most all the golfers wear purple for this event. And of course I have a lot of purple left from Patrick Henry High School, so it’s not hard for me to find purple, but purple is the Alzheimer’s color so that’s why we wear it,” said Woody Deans, who plays in the golf tour.

“We all win in this – except Alzheimer’s,” Firebaugh said.