Yanks recognize Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The Yankees will help the Alzheimer’s Association launch Worldwide Alzheimer’s Awareness Month Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Prior to their 1:05 p.m. game against the Orioles, the Yankees will conduct a pregame ceremony that will include former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt and her son, Tyler. The pair received the 2012 Sargent and Eunice Shriver Profiles in Dignity Award from the Alzheimer’s Association for their courage and work with the Pat Summitt Foundation.

“My son, Tyler, and I want to thank the New York Yankees for stepping up in a big way to increase awareness and funding for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,“ said Summitt, who is the NCAA’s all-time winningest basketball coach for men’s or women’s programs. “We are honored to have been invited to stand with them and the Alzheimer’s Association to launch this month-long public awareness effort.”

Joining Pat and Tyler on the field for the ceremony will be Alzheimer Association representatives, including President and CEO Harry Johns, Chief Strategy Officer Angela Geiger, Medical and Scientific Advisory Council Member Dr. Mary Sano and National Board of Director Scott Russell. Nicole Sexton from the Rita Hayworth Foundation will also take part.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately five million Americans live with the disease and more than 15 million people provide care for those who have it.

Throughout the entire month of September at the Stadium, a public service announcement featuring Yankees manager Joe Girardi, first baseman Mark Teixeira and relief pitcher David Robertson will air during every home game to promote awareness.

Joining the Yankees in support of the cause are six other major league clubs — the Red Sox, Cubs, White Sox, Reds, Angels and Dodgers — who are also holding events at their home stadiums during September.

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