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Brownback signs Alzheimer’s awareness bill

Brownback signs Alzheimer's awareness bill, remembers Kansas football legend

Gov. Sam Brownback tells Jennifer Nauertc that he played football against one of her father, Bill Freeman's teams, at an Alzheimer's awareness bill signing. Freeman, a member of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, died of Alzheimer's in December.
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Gov. Sam Brownback tells Jennifer Nauertc that he played football against one of her father, Bill Freeman's teams, at an Alzheimer's awareness bill signing. Freeman, a member of the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, died of Alzheimer's in December.

Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday signed a bill meant to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.

Kansans will be able to get special Alzheimer’s license plates beginning in January if they pay a fee between $25 and $100, which will go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

HB 2473 is the result of an effort by Jennifer Nauertc, the daughter of Kansas football legend Bill Freeman, to help spread Alzheimer’s awareness after her father died in December at the age of 84 after a battle with the disease.

Freeman won eight state football championships as a coach working in LeRoy, Osawatomie and Lawrence throughout his career.

Brownback noted that he once played football against one of Freeman’s teams as a high school student, and “they beat the pants off us.”

Bryan Lowry: 785-296-3006, @BryanLowry3

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