If you looked at the US news at all yesterday, you heard that Pat Summitt, coach of the University of Tennessee's Women's Basketball program, passed away at the age of 64. She had been diagnosed with Early onset Alzheimer's in 2011 and retired from coaching in 2012.
Her diagnosis lead her to create the Pat Summitt Foundation which is focused on providing grants to organizations which research, treat or educate the public about Alzheimer's or provide support to individuals with the disease, their families or caregivers. Working with the University of Tennessee Medical Center, the foundation is establishing the Pat Summitt Alzheimer's Clinic to provide Alzheimer's care and research.
While Alzheimer's was a part of her life for only the past few years, she seems to have approached it with the same intensity and dedication she exhibited in the decades of her career as a coach who gained legendary stature and respect.