Stuart Scott was much more than just a reporter. He a was a change agent and effectively merged pop culture and urban linguistics with mainstream sports. He was professional and relatable, but still kept his black card. He had a way of making every sport sound interesting, even golf! “He didn’t just push the envelope,” says sports radio host and former ESPN anchor Dan Patrick. “He bulldozed the envelope.”
He battled with cancer for years, and he saved his best on-air appearance for what unbeknownst to him would be one of his last. In 2014, at the ESPYS he accepted the Jimmy V Award For Perseverance. With such peace at a time where many would be preparing for the worst, during his speech he left us with these words: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.”
Stuart’s sister, Susan Scott, shared, “It was not lost on Stuart that his diligence and education about cancer research helped extend his life. Stuart’s passion for education was unmatched. He researched every aspect of his treatment to live with and beat cancer. So much so that he came to understand cancer and its disparities. His research revealed cancer’s disparities and the inequities faced in the African American and Hispanic cancer-fighting communities. I know that he would be proud that The V Foundation is setting up this fund in his name to fund more research for all communities.”
The V Foundation For Cancer Research was founded in 1993. According to ESPN: Since 1993, the foundation has funded more than $130 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs.