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.