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  • One Facebook event has gone viral in less than 2 days. It's called "Wear Orange to Support Pat Summitt." It's calling for people everywhere to wear orange all day tomorrow after Coach Summitt's revelation that she has Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease.
    
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  • One Facebook event has gone viral in less than two days. It's called "Wear Orange to Support Pat Summitt." The event is calling for people everywhere to wear orange all day on Friday after Coach Summitt's revelation that she has Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease.

    "My mother called, and she said you know we really need to wear orange to support her and I said you go it! I'll get this going," said Kim Cantrell, a Knoxville native who has a special place in her heart for UT.

    "I am your normal diehard Tennessee fan, win or lose," said Cantrell. She started the Facebook event early on Wednesday morning. Cantrell sent an invite to about 300 of her friends, and since then almost 30,000 people have accepted the event.

    "It's exploded! We've now gone international," said Cantrell. It's not only Tennesseans who are on board. People in Iceland, The Netherlands, Germany, and even Saudi Arabia have written on the wall saying they'll be wearing orange there too.

    "I've got other colleges contacting me saying were not Vols fans, but we're supporting Pat," said Cantrell.

    McMillin's on Cumberland Avenue will start selling "Pat Summitt" shirts within the next few days.

    "She's been a major legendary icon. I mean, she's full of class, she's selfless and more ethical than any coach and look what she's done for basketball," said Cantrell.

    Alzheimer's has affected Cantrell's family. "I have relatives who have died from Alzheimer's, and I think she will be a great spokesperson bringing attention to it," said Cantrell.

    Cantrell said she wants to see more orange on Friday than she'd normally see at a football game.

    "We are going to turn the world orange in honor of Pat Summitt tomorrow, and I couldn't be more honored to be a part of this group that's doing it," said Cantrell.

    10News employees are planning on joining the efforts to wear orange on Friday. You can upload pictures of yourself in orange WBIR's Facebook page.

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