Craig Sager’s Moving ESPYs Speech: ‘Cancer Can’t Take Your Spirit Away’


Last night at the 2016 ESPYs in Los Angeles sports reporter Craig Sager accepted the Jimmy V Perseverance Award in recognition of his courageous battle against leukemia. Vice President Joe Biden, who’s the leader of the new Cancer Moonshot Initiative, presented Sager with this award.

Biden, who lost his son Beau to cancer last year, introduced Sager by saying, “his conduct, he teaches us how to live with perseverance and passion, fearless, hopeful, together.”

In true Sager fashion, he wore an outrageous cheetah flower-emblazoned suit jacket and glittering tie. It was perfect and even more so was his moving speech which left a lasting impression on me. See video below.

“Whatever I might’ve imagined a terminal illness would do to my spirit, it’s summoned quite the opposite. The greatest appreciation for life itself,” he said.

Sager spoke with such ease and confidence and shared his inspiring perspective on something he’s more aware of than most.

“Time is something that can’t be bought. It can’t be wagered with God, and it is not an endless supply. Time is simply how you live your life.”

Sager, 65, learned in March that his leukemia was no longer in remission, and doctors gave him three to six months to live without treatment. Under his current treatment, however, Sager could live longer and beat his aggressive type of cancer.

“Whatever I might’ve imagined a terminal illness would do to my spirit, it’s summoned quite the opposite. The greatest appreciation for life itself,” he said.

What a powerful message! Thank you Mr. Sager for reminding us all to just live with a fighting spirit always!

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