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Fans Sign Billboard Honoring Lady Vols Coach

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Fans of University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt are leaving best wishes by signing a billboard dedicated to her.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that dozens showed up Wednesday to sign a large orange "We Back Pat" billboard, sponsored by Alzheimer's Tennessee Inc.

The legendary coach announced in August that she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Her announcement has raised public awareness of dementia-causing diseases.

Summitt and former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer are co-chairs of a walk on April 14 to honor families coping with Alzheimer's.

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