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Pat Summitt determined to face down Alzheimer’s

It’s like finding out a close family member is ill,” said transportation safety consultant Kevin Galbreath, a UT alumnus and fervent fan.

“Pat Summitt is our John Wooden,” Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey said. “No matter how many national championships (other coaches) win, there will never be another Pat.”

Summitt wrote an open letter to the university community Tuesday. “I plan to continue to be your coach,” she wrote. “Obviously, I realize I may have some limitations with this condition since there will be some good days and some bad days. For that reason, I will be relying on my outstanding coaching staff like never before.”

Alzheimer’s is not yet curable. That is perhaps the only known quantity in all this. What lies ahead is mostly about the unknown — how her condition might progress, how stress might affect it, how her players might react to all the attention focused on the health of their coach.

“Life is an unknown and none of us have a crystal ball,” UT athletics director Joan Cronan said in a statement. “But I do have a record of knowing what Pat Summitt stands for: excellence, strength, honesty and courage.”

Beth Kallmyer, senior director of constituent services for the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association, talked about stress and Alzheimer’s generally, not specifically about Summitt’s case.

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