The Mission

Pat Summitt and her son, Tyler Summitt, founded the Pat Summitt Foundation in 2011 to help fund research to find effective treatments, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The Foundation also brings additional awareness and public education about a disease that has devastated so many people. Pat Summitt wanted a future in which no family has to hear that a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Grants are awarded to an assortment of organizations from medical research to patient support to caregiver resources through a comprehensive approach that focuses on:

  • Research to treat, prevent, cure and, ultimately, eradicate Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Education and awareness of the disease, its onset and treatment.
  • Support services to patients, their families and caregivers.

The East Tennessee Foundation receives and manages contributions to the Pat Summitt Foundation and facilitates the awarding of grants in support of the mission.