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    We Back Pat Week

    The Southeastern Conference in cooperation with its 14-member institutions announces the third “We Back Pat” Week, a week-long initiative focused on bringing awareness and recognition to the Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, and its fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

    During the week of January 19-26, SEC member institutions will support the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund during their home basketball games. During the week, various efforts will be made to increase awareness of the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund.              

    “We are pleased that the Southeastern Conference can once again play a small part in helping Pat reach her goals for The Foundation Fund.” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.  “Pat Summitt has been and will continue to be an important part of the SEC family.”

    The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund launched November 27, 2011 by Pat Summitt after her diagnosis of early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type at the age of 59. In a videotaped statement shown during the announcement of the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund, Pat Summitt said, "Tyler and I have decided to join this battle, not just for us, but also for the millions of families affected by this disease. I have always told our players, our greatest opportunities are disguised as our greatest obstacles. It is time to treat this obstacle as an opportunity and a stepping stone to a cure."

    The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund will make grants to nonprofits which provide:
       • Education and awareness of Alzheimer's, its onset and treatment
       • Support services to patients, their families and caregivers
       • Research to treat, prevent, cure, and ultimately eradicate this disease

    About The Pat Summitt Foundation
    The Pat Summitt Foundation, A Fund of East Tennessee Foundation, is 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.  

    Pat Summitt, her family and friends have chosen East Tennessee Foundation to receive and manage contributions to Pat’s Fund, and to facilitate their grant-making in support of the mission. To learn more about the Foundation visit the website at www.patsummitt.org.

    About East Tennessee Foundation
    East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is a public, nonprofit, community foundation created for the purpose of building charitable resources to make communities stronger and lives better through thoughtful giving.  It is located at 625 Market Street, Suite 1400, Knoxville, TN 37902. For more information, call 865-524-1223 or visit www.easttennesseefoundation.org.

    To Donate
    Visit www.patsummitt.org. Donations benefit The Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation.

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