WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Alzheimer’s Association presented University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt and her son, Tyler Summitt, with its Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award at the Alzheimer’s Association National Dinner Tuesday night.
Coach Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, publically shared her diagnosis of early onset, Alzheimer’s type, last August at the age of 59. She and her son Tyler Summitt then created The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, to provide grants to nonprofits like the Alzheimer’s Association that raise awareness of the disease, support families and advance research, all while leading the Lady Vols to an impressive 27-9 season.
“Pat Summitt and Tyler Summitt are grateful to be honored at the Alzheimer’s Association National Dinner,” said Danielle Donehew, Representative of The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund. “We are on the same team as the Alzheimer’s Association; we are committed to supporting the millions of Americans impacted by Alzheimer’s while we race toward better treatment and an eventual cure.”
According to Alzheimer’s Association 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Figures, 5.4 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s. Approximately 200,000 of those people are under the age of 65 and living with younger-onset, also known as early onset, Alzheimer’s. One of the benefits of early detection of Alzheimer’s is the ability to remain active, plan for the future and become an advocate for the cause.