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Family Of Basketball Legend Pat Summitt Makes Tragic Announcement

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Women’s basketball legend and former Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summitt is struggling in her battle against Alzheimer’s. She was diagnosed in 2012 with an early on-set version of the disease and has worked for the past four years to raise awareness and fund research of the terrible condition.

But her family just released this update on her condition and all prayers are needed!

Via The Associated Press:

Pat Summitt’s family said Sunday that the last few days have been difficult for the former Tennessee women’s basketball coach as her Alzheimer’s disease progresses.

Amid reports of Summitt’s failing health, her family issued a statement asking for prayers and saying that the 64-year-old Summitt is surrounded by the people who mean the most to her. It also asked for privacy.

The statement was posted on the Pat Summitt Foundation’s website and was issued by Erin Freeman, a spokeswoman for the Summitt family.

Former Tennessee player Tamika Catchings was flying to Knoxville to visit the coach instead of returning to Indiana with the WNBA’s Fever. Other former players and those in the University of Tennessee and the women’s basketball communities were issuing support on Twitter through the “PrayForPat” hashtag.

I will definitely #PrayForPat. My family are big Tennessee sports fans, so she is definitely an idol in our household. Alzheimer’s is a vicious disease that strips away your humanity at a tortuous pace. I pray her and her family can find healing and peace soon.

Please #PrayForPat and share your memories of her in the comments