Robin Roberts received a standing ovation at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday night as she went up to receive the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award from basketball star LeBron James. As a recipient, the “Good Morning America” host joins the likes of Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali, for “possessing strength in the face of adversity.” Roberts went public with her battles with breast cancer in 2007 and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in 2012 – chronicling her bone-marrow transplant and recovery on the morning show to spread awareness.
“At this moment, I am filled with such gratitude,” Roberts, 52, said, thanking her presenter, and adding that her mother – who died last year – was a big fan of “King James. There are many worthy of holding this honor, others who have exhibited far more courage, strength and resilience, and it’s humbling for me to represent you tonight,” she said.
The veteran TV journalist also thanked First Lady Michelle Obama, who spoke kindly of Roberts in a video tribute. “Robin has inspired all of us with her courage and tenacity as she overcame a life-threatening illness not once, but twice,” Obama said.
“I draw strength from you,” Roberts continued in her heartfelt speech. You give me the courage to face down any challenge, to know when fear knocks, to let faith answer the door.”
article by Chiderah Monde via nydailynews.com