Alzheimer’s fund to honor U. of Texas coach Royal

The wife of legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell
Royal says her family foundation will create a fund to support
Alzheimer’s disease research in Texas in her husband’s name.

Royal’s wife described the fund to a Texas legislative committee
hearing Tuesday. Royal, who suffers from the disease, also appeared
at the hearing along with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance
Armstrong and actor Matthew McConaughey.

Edith Royal described how difficult it is to care for someone in
the advanced stages of the disease, which results in dementia and
sometimes violent behavior. Edith Royal said that while Texas ranks
third in the nation for the disease, most of the research takes
place on the east and west coasts.

The DKR Fund for Alzheimer’s Research will fund collaborative
research in Texas.