Knoxville News Sentinel: Pat Summitt Foundation making a difference in Alzheimer’s fight
Dr. Ronald C. Petersen: Pat Summitt Foundation making a difference in Alzheimer’s fight
Dr. Ronald C. Petersen is a professor of neurology, Cora Kanow Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research; Cadieux Director, Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center; and director of the Mayo Clinic
In November 2011, the formation of the Pat Summitt Foundation was announced by the legendary University of Tennessee women’s basketball head coach and her son,Tyler Summitt. Dedicated to winning the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, its mission as a grant-making foundation is to advance research for prevention and a cure; to provide hope, care and critical support for patients, caregivers and families; and to educate the public on the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and the urgent need for a cure.
In fact, the Pat Summitt Foundation has already begun to make a difference by awarding its first two grants to local Knoxville organizations late last year.
Alzheimer’s Tennessee Inc. and The Cole Neuroscience Center at the University of Tennessee Medical Center were the first recipients.
The Alzheimer’s Tennessee’s grant will be used to purchase a van to make their services even more accessible to the area community. The Cole Center’s grant will extend services to patients who are not covered by traditional insurance, thereby furthering their mission of patient and family education, support groups and growth of their research programs.Read more