ESPY Awards 2013: Robin Roberts Receives Arthur Ashe Award for Courage


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After defeating breast cancer five years ago, former SportsCenter and current Good Morning America anchor, Robin Roberts, faced another tough challenge of in her life. After officially receiving the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage in March this year, she was diagnosed with MDS in June.

Always humble, Roberts didn’t make the award about her on the stage. She thanked everyone for giving her strength.

“I wanted to be a pro athlete, but there’s something called ability that you must have,” she joked while accepting her award. “I’m in awe of your vast accomplishments tonight.”

On the support of ESPN and her Good Morning America family, she ended her speech with “I have my sister’s DNA, but you will always have my heart.”

MDS, or myelodysplastic syndrome, is a bone marrow disorder. As Roberts recovers from the disorder, she spread awareness of bone marrow treatment.

Robin Roberts began her sportscasting career with ESPN in 1990, where she fought through struggles of being a woman while trying to make a name for herself in the sports world. She worked with the worldwide leader until 2005.

She joined Good Morning America in 1995 as a featured reporter and still works there now. One of Roberts’ most memorable moments were covering Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when she became emotional on camera. Her hometown, Pass Christian, being hit hard and her high school was completely destroyed.

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