The ESPN veteran was honored for his ongoing battle with cancer and gave the most touching speech.
The well-known ESPN anchor Stuart Scott has been battling cancer since 2007. He was honored at the ESPY Awards with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award on Wednesday night. The ESPN personality made a compelling and moving speech at the award ceremony, offering words of inspiration and crediting the people around him for helping him through his good and hard times.
He thanked his bosses for fighting on his behalf when he no longer had it in him, then invited his younger daughter on stage to join him, where he stated the best thing he has ever done is become a father.
As Scott graced the stage, he brought people out of their seats with his inspiration and moving words, bringing many to tears. Kiefer Sutherland presented the award and Scott noted that 24 is his favorite television show. Before beginning his speech, a video was shown documenting Scott's treatments in a doctor's room, drained, struggling to smile for the camera.
"I'm not losing. I'm still here fighting," he said on the tape.
A roaring applause was triggered as he said, “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, while you live and the manner in which you live.”
His oldest daughter, Taelor, was away at college for the award show, but his youngest daughter, Syndi, joined him on stage where he closed his moving speech by saying, "Have a great rest of your night and have a great rest of your life."
Scott has been with ESPN since 1993. The Jimmy V Perseverance Award is named after Jim Valvano, the former North Carolina State University basketball coach who died of bone cancer in 1993. Valvano introduced the award at the very first ESPY Awards show, giving it the motto of, "Don't give up … don't ever give up."
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