Eight months ago, Pat Summitt, the head coach of the women's basketball program at the University of Tennessee, announced that she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia. Yesterday, she announced that she is stepping down. While she is taking on the title of Head Coach Emeritus and will still hold office hours, the progress of her disease has been fast and noticeable.
Her legacy is astounding as is her passion for her work. The support and loyalty of her colleagues is just as impressive. As her disease progresses, I hope that support does not wane. I additionally hope that her son finds that he is being adequately supported as he experiences his own journey through his mother's disease.
Update: It has been announced that she will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom as a result of her life's work.
Tennessee's Pat Summitt Named Head Coach Emeritus