Pat Summitt – The Premature Death of a Legend
Alzheimer?s caused the premature death of a legend. On June 28, 2016, women?s basketball coach, Pat Summitt died at age 64, after five years of struggling with the cruel disease.
According to the Alzheimer?s Society, the illness is not the direct cause of a person?s death, but it develops some complications, such as infections or blood clots. Alzheimer?s is a brain disease that advances fast, causing the destruction of brain cells. The consequences of the disease affect the memory, the immune system, and the patient?s abilities to move or eat. The disease has no cure and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ?it is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.?
Summitt?s Struggle With the Disease
Summitt struggled with early onset dementia for five years. In May 2011, she confirmed the diagnosis and announced that she would not give up on her team at the University of Tennessee. Although, eight months later, she resigned with the title, head coach emeritus.
During her final years, Summitt engaged in raising money and awareness for Alzheimer?s disease. She started the Pat Summitt Foundation, which has the mission of finding a cure for the illness. For her efforts and courage in fighting with the cruel disease, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) awarded her with their highest honor, the 2012 Andrus Award for community services. Also, as a result of her relentless work, in December 2016, the Pat Summitt Alzheimer?s Clinic will open at the University of Tennessee.
The Legendary Women?s Basketball Coach
The legendary basketball coach died prematurely, however, during her career, Summitt obtained more successes than anyone in college basketball history.
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