#prayforpat

Outpouring of support for Pat Summitt

The news about the declining health of Pat Summitt broke Sunday morning, and the support, thoughts and prayers came in from all corners of the world. That is not surprising.

What was refreshingly surprising was local and national media, including ESPN, were aware of the situation Friday evening and waited to report it out of respect for Summitt as players and family members were making their way to Knoxville. In the era of social media - and the news crept onto that platform in the wee hours Sunday - that is remarkable.

The Pat Summitt Foundation issued a statement Sunday morning: “On behalf of Pat Summitt’s family, we acknowledge the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ progresses. She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during this time, we ask for prayers for Pat and her family and friends, as well as your utmost respect and privacy. Thank you.”

The hashtag #PrayforPat can be found across social media. Here is a sampling of those reaching out in support:

https://twitter.com/RobinRoberts/status/746691125000474624

https://twitter.com/SEC_Tammy/status/747083586239488001

https://twitter.com/UTCoachJones/status/747073682510577664

https://twitter.com/DelishaMJones/status/746965763689373696

https://twitter.com/MechelleV/status/747072265271939072

https://twitter.com/DavidCutcliffe/status/747045207326265344

https://twitter.com/coachbrucepearl/status/747108978681851904

https://twitter.com/UNC_Basketball/status/747103151791149057

https://twitter.com/espn/status/747095430010372096

https://twitter.com/FemaleCN/status/743547487449919488

https://twitter.com/CoachBobStarkey/status/747049374950260741

https://twitter.com/jmcc65/status/747056699924713472

https://twitter.com/philiphutcheson/status/747098488425582592

https://twitter.com/BillisKing/status/747105428446842880

https://twitter.com/LawLaw08/status/747105592548954112

https://twitter.com/AuburnTigers/status/747103839946407936

https://twitter.com/UTWWells/status/747073165805887488

https://twitter.com/josh_dobbs1/status/746928628621946880

https://twitter.com/SECNetwork/status/747125609319534592

https://twitter.com/smokiesbaseball/status/747132140979167232

https://twitter.com/MerSladezz/status/747088361442148352

https://twitter.com/kobeereynolds/status/747144700977643520

https://twitter.com/SC_HBC/status/747115531946328064

https://twitter.com/GatorsWBK/status/747220285091373056

And while everyone prays for Summitt and keeps her in their thoughts, let's support her, too. The only hope for those suffering with this disease - and their families - is a cure. Donate to her foundation by clicking here. Back Pat. Always Back Pat.


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