TN Vols Basketball Coach Pat Summit Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s Disease

The University of Tennessee loves their women’s basketball coach, Pat Summit (59.)  She has led the to eight championships and is one of the great college basketball coaches ever.  So when she announced that she’s been diagnosed with early onset dementia linked to Alzheimer’s disease, hearts broke everywhere.

Summit has no intention of stepping down any time soon either.  She will continue to coach the Lady Vols while she is being treated for the disease via medication and mental exercises.

Summit was diagnosed with the disease early this summer at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.  Being the strong woman that she is, Summit will continue forward and fight the disease.

Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days.  For that reason I will be relying on my outstanding coaching staff like never before.”.

“There’s not going to be any pity party and I’ll make sure of that.”

Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that I have witnessed more than once in my life and I hope and pray for the best for Pat Summit.  I believe in miracles and that’s what all of her supporters need to be praying for.

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