5K raises money for Pat Summitt Foundation

5K raises money for Pat Summitt Foundation

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The Forget Me Not 5K now raises money for the Pat Summitt Foundation in the hopes that someday an Alzheimer's diagnosis won't be as devastating. The Forget Me Not 5K now raises money for the Pat Summitt Foundation in the hopes that someday an Alzheimer's diagnosis won't be as devastating.
$15,000 was raised last year. $15,000 was raised last year.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

LENOIR CITY (WATE) - The East Tennessee community has really taken up the cause of finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease, ever since basketball coach Pat Summitt was diagnosed in 2011. One local family was doing their part even before that, in honor of their loved one fighting that same battle.   

Reba McGinnis started showing the first signs of Alzheimer's disease 14 years ago. 

"She started out just the usual retelling stories or losing her purse, all the way to the last stages right now," said her daughter Angela Wampler. "She needs a caregiver 24-7."

Wampler calls it a long grieving process, even though her mom is still living. 

"We have missed her for a long time, the mother and grandmother that we knew. We do have those memories, which she doesn't, so we just cling to those," Wampler said.

Five years ago, Wampler's daughter McKenzie had an idea to help the cause.

"She came down the stairs and said. 'Hey mom, I had this dream.' She said, 'I looked at you, we were running a 5K race, which we do often, and your shirt said Forget Me Not 5K for Alzheimer's,'" Wampler said.

Within six months, the first race was a reality, raising money for research for a cure. Then came the announcement that Pat Summitt had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

"It seems to be an epidemic, and then when Pat Summitt came forward with her diagnosis, I really think it blanketed are area and just became something that we talk about," Wampler said.

The Forget Me Not 5K now raises money for the Pat Summitt Foundation in the hopes that someday an Alzheimer's diagnosis won't be as devastating. 

"We know they will be a catalyst for the cure," Wampler said.

The fifth annual Forget Me Not 5K is Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m. at the Loudon County Visitors Bureau on Highway 321 in Lenoir City. You can register on site before the race.

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