ABC broadcaster Robin Roberts had what’s being called and inspirational interview with Tennessee coach Pat Summitt regarding her diagnosis with early-onset demintia, Alzheimer’s type. The recent visit will air on the network’s “20/20” show Friday at 7 p.m. PST.
Summitt revealed her condition in August. Her going public with the disease has brought more attention to the problem and prompted others to raise awareness. Former Tennessee G and Connecticut star Kara Lawson is running in the New York Road Runners Dash to the Finish Line 5K on Saturday. Her husband participating in the New York City Marathon on Sunday to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Summitt.
The couple has already raised more than $16,000 via social networks for the cause. (You can contribute to their efforts here).
Former first lady Nancy Regan has become an ally while strangers have become moved by Summitt’s determination to defeat a disease for which there is no cure. President Reagan, who left office in 1989, revealed his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 1994.
The Hall of Fame coach, who’s 59, will continue to lead the Vols, which are ranked third in both the AP and coaches polls. Tennessee opens its regular season against Pepperdine on Nov. 13.
“She told our kids two things,” associated head coach Holly Warlick said of Summitt to Roberts. “She says, ‘I’m going to remember your name. And I’m still going to yell at you.”
*PHOTO CREDIT: Broadcaster Robin Roberts (l) and coach Pat Summitt as posted by Roberts on Twitter