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Former Buckeye coach Earle Bruce diagnosed with Alzheimer's

Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce has Alzheimer's Disease. He hopes to make every Buckeye home game this season. (WSYX/WTTE)

Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

The announcement was made during the annual Athletes Against Alzheimer's radio-thon on 610 WTVN.

Bruce's daughter, Lynn, made the heartfelt announcement.

She said one reason the family was speaking out of course is to continue to bring awareness to the disease that has touched their family several times.

"My father lost his dad to Alzheimer's and he lost both of his sisters. He also has a brother with Alzheimer's disease," Lynn said.

Another reason she made the announcement is for her dad's fans. She said she wants them to understand that her dad may not be on his game if they see him.

"If he's confused or if he doesn't remember right away, it's not personal, he's struggling and we are all struggling, " she said.

Reaction and prayers for the Bruce family are pouring in.

OSU head coach Urban Meyer said, "It hit me like a bat this morning when I heard."

Coach Meyer was with Bruce this past weekend. He said he knew something wasn't quite normal. But says Bruce is a fighter.

"I think he's a fighter and he's going to be fine for awhile, " Meyer said.

Bruce has already been through a tough battle, recovering from a stroke he had two years ago.

But his family says his love for the scarlet and gray gives him strength.

"He still enjoys talking about football," Lynn said.

"He certainly can talk about it. He's very passionate about football and this season."

You can still donate to the Athletes Against Alzheimer's fundraiser on 610 WTVN through Noon Saturday.

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