KNOXVILLE - Dozens of supporters added their best wishes for Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt and families of loved ones with Alzheimer's disease today to a billboard placed in the City County Building downtown.
The billboard movement began soon after Summitt announced in August she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.
Sponsor Alzheimer's Tennessee Inc. also had "We Back Pat" pins and other small items available at the signing. Those making a small donation could sign up for a chance to win a "We Back Pat" T-shirt.
Summitt's announcement has increased public awareness of Alzheimer's and related conditions.
Starting Sunday, the News Sentinel launches a three-part series on Alzheimer's.
Sunday's chapter will look back at the Lady Vols' just completed season and the reaction of coaches, players and others along the way to Summitt's plight.
On April 8, we'll look at how the disease is being dealt with today, its effects on families and ways to seek treatment.
The third part April 15 focuses on Alzheimer's research, including that of area doctors.
Alzheimer's Tennessee is holding a walk Saturday, April 14, to honor families coping with Alzheimer's and those diagnosed with it. Summitt and former University of Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer are honorary co-chairs of the walk.
Share photos showing your support of Summitt by posting them to http://www.facebook.com/govolsxtra.
More details as they develop online and in Thursday's News Sentinel.