Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pat Summitt: A Hero

Pat Summitt is one tough competitor. She's now entering a battle that she likely cannot win, but I wouldn't count her out.

The winningest coach in college basketball history released this video statement yesterday.

So, the woman that has always been in control now has to face the realization that she cannot be so in control anymore. It's a somewhat cruel and ironic twist of life that has befallen her. I know that she will confront it eyes wide open and do it with as much class as she can.

My grandfather had Alzheimer's Disease when he passed. He died of stomach cancer, but the Alzheimer's prevented him from being able to tell us or his caregivers why he could no longer eat. It was only after a trip to the hospital that the truth was revealed. By then, it was too late.

Alzheimer's is a cruel and awful disease. It robs people of their humanity, and it does so at a slow and painful pace. It's not something I would wish on anyone after watching my grandfather go from being a strong man to a person completely dependent on others to live.

That's what's ahead for Coach Summitt unless we find a miracle cure. Medical science is advancing. Coach Summitt will slowly begin her decline at some point, and it will happen in front of us. That said, she plans to fight this by doing what she loves. She will continue to coach basketball for the Lady Volunteers.

I will continue to be a big fan. Pat Summitt exudes and always will define what it means to win with class, lose with dignity, and make a difference in the lives of young people. I salute her and wish her the best. It's time to go win another title for Coach, Lady Vols!

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