Pat Summitt helps raise money for early onset dementia - WKRN News 2

Pat Summitt helps raise money for early onset dementia


On Thursday night, college basketball's winnigest coach Pat Summitt was in town to help raise money for early onset dementia, a disease that she is battling.

More than 400 people gathered at the event held at the Charles Hand Farm for an evening of food, music and one-on-one time with Summitt herself.

"I am not at a loss for words, but it's amazing that all of you are here tonight," Summitt said.

Summitt was diagnosed with early onset dementia last August.

"She has done so much for some any people over the years and continues to be such an inspiration to not just athletes and coaches but people struggling with this debilitating disease," Sen. Tim Barnes said.

Since her diagnosis, Summitt says the disease won't get the best of her.

"I am going to keep on fighting. Certainly I have so many people around me everyday," she said.

Summitt was also presented with a proclamation from the general assembly commending her on her accomplishments on the court and her dedication to fight Alzheimer's.

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