After Stuart Scott’s tragic death Sunday, many Twitter users took to the social media site to talk about a moving speech he gave. The ESPN personality was awarded the 2014 Jimmy V Perseverance award at the ESPYs. Scott was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2007, yet he continued to fight with the help of family and friends.
He moved the audience with his words and lines from his iconic speech were remembered after he died Sunday. Scott told the crowd beating cancer is not about surviving, but how people live their lives.
“When you die, that does not mean you lose to cancer," Scott said in his acceptance speech. "You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live. So live, live, fight like hell. And when you get too tired, [lie] down, rest and let someone else fight for you.”
"This whole fight, this journey, is not a solo venture. This is something that requires support."
Scott thanked ESPN, his girlfriend Kristin Spodobalski and his daughters. He said his bosses offered to bring him food after he had chemo, that his girlfriend slept on an uncomfortable cot next to him in the hospital and that his daughters were the reason he was able to stand on the ESPY stage and accept his award.
"The best thing I've ever done, the best thing I will ever do is be a dad to Taelor and Sydni," he said about his girls. "I can't ever give up because I can't leave my daughters. I love you girls more than I will ever be able to express. You are my heartbeat. I am standing on this stage tonight because of you."
He also referenced The V Foundation for Cancer Research, and their credo: "Don't give up … don't ever give up."
"To be honored with this ... I know I have a responsibility to never give up," Scott said. "I'm not special; I just listened to what the man said."
Check out his full acceptance speech, which has nearly 550,000 views on YouTube, here.
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