Stuart Scott was not sure he belonged when he received the Jimmy V award Monday night. “I now have a responsibility to never give up”.
Scott was astonished to be mentioned in the same category as Jim Valvano and other greats who have accepted this award in previous years. More than that he said he feels responsible to “Never give up”. Scott said, “You don’t beat cancer when you die, you beat cancer by how you live”. Scott is a man who has never looked shaken or rattled and on stage he looked mentally strong and confident.
In front of an emotional crowd in Southern California, Stuart Scott gave a heart felt speech on the acceptance of the Jimmy V perseverance award. He talked about his everyday struggle with cancer and how he just got out of a 7 day stay at the hospital. “When I couldn’t fight, others did”, said Scott. “Doctors did, and family fought for me”. He said how he needs the support of others in his life like his sister Susan, who he called the other day because he “Just needed to cry”. It was evident that he was moved by the award and was motivated to beat cancer with the support of family and friends.