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Explore Life, Death and Taxes on July 25

Kenett Melgar, Certified Nursing Assistant and Language Support lead for Blue Ridge Health, performs blood pressure and blood glucose screenings for a visitor at a recent event. Blue Ridge Health will offer the same screenings at Life, Death and Taxes on July 25.

“Living your life in a way that gives you peace of mind is healthy. Present actions that can lead to an easier financial future--for ourselves and for our loved ones--is empowering. Transylvania Regional Hospital is proud to join forces with United Way of Transylvania County in sponsoring the Life, Death and Taxes community service event,” said Michele Pilon, President and Chief Nursing Officer at Transylvania Regional Hospital.

Life, Death and Taxes takes place Wednesday, July 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the hospital’s lobby and Carlson Conference Room. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors will be able to tour 15 informational booths, receive take-home gifts, and register for door prizes at the event.

“United Way of Transylvania County’s Board understands that health, education and financial stability are closely intertwined. Life, Death and Taxes is an opportunity for our neighbors to learn more ways to be fiscally and physically healthy,” commented Terry Decker, United Way of Transylvania County Board Chair.

Presenting Partners:

Six local advisors will present a series of 15-minute presentations on a variety of planning issues. The talks begin at 11:15.

Colin Kirkman, TRAIN Specialist for United Way, will present “Give help. Get help.” The focus will be on using community connections to lead a vital life. Her talk starts at 11:15.

Jessica McCall, Tax Administrator for Transylvania County, will talk on “Real and Personal Property Tax Implications of Death” at 11:30.

Cathleen Blanchard, Managing Partner and Funeral Director with Moore Funerals and Cremations, will discuss “How Your Memory Lives On” at 12:15.

Teri Redmond, Manager of Disease Management and Clinical Cardiology at Transylvania Regional Hospital, will present “Enjoying a Healthy Life” at 12:30.

Erica M. Erikson, Attorney at Law, PLLC, will speak on estate planning and elder law with “Estate Planning for Life and After” at 1:15.

Lana Reimann, MD, Hospice Medical Director for CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Care, will present “5 Wishes and Advance Directives” at 1:30.

Blue Ridge Health staff will offer free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings during the event.

Other Event Advisors:

Representatives from these additional organizations will be on hand to answer questions about Life, Death and Taxes during the event:

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory,

The Community Foundation of Henderson County,

Elk Haven Wellness Center,

College Walk Senior Living Community,

Food Matters Market,

Kingsbridge House,

Blue Ridge Community College, and

Brevard Yoga.

About United Way of Transylvania County

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives.  Goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

UWTC has a particular focus on early childhood education, and has established the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund to drive programs to families with young children in remote and underserved areas of the county.

Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the NC 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. 

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, after-school and summer youth education, health services, financial education and counseling, conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit  or

About Transylvania Regional Hospital

Transylvania Regional Hospital, a member of Mission Health, is a full-service, not-for-profit community hospital serving Transylvania and the surrounding counties. Located in Brevard, North Carolina, the hospital offers 30 inpatient rooms, 10 transitional care unit rooms and is staffed by more than 500 employees and 120 volunteers. Transylvania Regional Hospital offers comprehensive services through more than 300 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants representing a full spectrum of specialties. Transylvania Regional Hospital was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. For more information, please visit

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