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Pat Summitt Diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia

This past Tuesday, legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, Pat Summitt, announced she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia at the age of 59.

However, Summitt is not going to let dementia slow her down. According to the New York Times, “Fellow coaches were stunned by the diagnosis of dementia but hardly surprised that Summitt approached it the way she confronted everything else — head-on, open, resolute, determined to keep coaching.”

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“There’s not going to be any pity party and I’ll make sure of that,” said Summitt in an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts. Summitt plans to remain the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols “as long as the good Lord is willing.”

With Alzheimer’s affecting more Americans every day (or, to be more precise, every 70 seconds), we at Reel Tributes are proud that Summitt is speaking openly of her diagnosis. We believe there is a need to raise awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s in America, and commend Summitt for her courage.

Reel Tributes is doing its part to raise awareness as well.  Stay tuned for a special announcement from Reel Tributes and the Alzheimer’s Association, coming soon…