Last night, ESPN sportscaster and announcer Stuart Scott received the Jimmy Valvano Award for perseverance, which he was awarded for his courage in his 7-year battle with cancer. What happened next will go down as one of the most powerful moments in the history of ESPN – his acceptance speech was, in my opinion, the highlight of his career, and is one of the most inspiration speeches I have ever heard.
Stuart’s ability to live, flourish, and continue to pursue an active life doing what he loves is incomprehensively motivating and compelling. He has never let his disease control his life; he has never let it dictate what he can and can’t do.
Scott does not consider winning the battle to simply be staying alive. To him, it’s much more. Life is how you live. You win by fighting. You win by not giving up. I truly consider Stuart Scott to be an incredible man, one that all of us, all people of all ages and situations, can learn from. This is a man who’s hand I want to shake. He’s a man worthy of admiration. Let us all approach life with the courage and perseverance that Stuart Scott has shown.
“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and the manner in which you live. So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, lay down, rest, and let someone else pick up the fight for you.”
I would highly recommend taking the time to watch this video of his story and of his acceptace speech. It’s the best 15 minutes you will spend all day.