Alzheimer's Association honors Pat Summitt and son with award

Alzheimer's Association honors Pat Summitt and son with award

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"By working as a team, we can make a difference," coach Pat Summitt told the crowd as Tyler looked on. "By working as a team, we can make a difference," coach Pat Summitt told the crowd as Tyler looked on.

WASHINGTON (WATE) - Lady Vols head coach emeritus Pat Summitt and her son, Tyler, were honored Tuesday night at the Alzheimer's Association National Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Maria Shriver presented the pair with the Sgt. and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity award. It's given to honor those whose actions have promoted greater understanding of Alzheimer's disease and its effects on people diagnosed with the disease and families.

Summitt took the stage with Tyler to receive the award.

"I want thank the Alzheimer's Association for honoring Tyler and myself. This award is very, very special," she said. "I have to admit when I first received a diagnosis last May, it threw me for a loop. I just didn't know what to think and what to do. Finally Tyler and I came to a decision to fight and to fight publicly."

"My mother teaches me every day that victories are a result of hard work, and that the team always comes before yourself," Tyler added. "We're so happy to be on this team."

In closing, Summitt rallied the crowd. "By working as a team, we can make a difference. We can make a difference in the lives of people who are living with the disease and the millions of people who are caring for them. Keep fighting, keep caring, and together we will win."

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