May 2nd, 2012

Pat and Tyler Summitt Fight Alzheimer’s Together

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With everything going on in his life, Tyler Summitt says he has not had time to think about his graduation next week from the University of Tennessee. The son and only child of legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt is coming to terms with an illness millions of children and loved ones before him have had to face: a brain-wasting disease that robs people of their memory and other cognitive skills. Summitt, 59 — the all-time winningest basketball coach, man or woman — has early-onset Alzheimer's disease…But for now, the disease remains a slow-moving, merciless life sentence. When Ron Petersen, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Mayo Clinic, gave Summitt the news, Tyler was stunned. "I was there with her and one of her best friends," Tyler says. "I didn't think it was possible. I mean, her grandmother on her father's side is the only one in the family who has had the disease."

 

USA Today by Janice Lloyd

Tags: alzheimer's disease, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Celebrity Patients, Dr. Ron Petersen, Neurology, Pat Summitt, USA Today

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