ESPY Awards: Robin Roberts awarded Arthur Ashe Courage Award

LOS ANGELES, CA - She's known for her athleticism and award winning journalism on "Good Morning America" but perhaps in the past few years, she's been best known for her character, her faith, her unwillingness to give up hope and most of all, for her bravery.

Wednesday night in Los Angeles, Robin Roberts was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards.

Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.

After surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, Roberts returned back to "Good Morning America."

However, in 2012, Roberts was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a disease that came as a side effect from her cancer treatment.

She underwent a bone marrow transplant, which has proven to be successful.

NBA star Lebron James presented the award to Roberts calling her a "back-to-back" champion. She received a standing ovation.
"I realize there are many worth of holding this honor. Others who have exhibited far more courage,  strength and resilience. And it's humbling for me to represent you tonight. I draw strength from you. You give me the courage to face down any challenge and know that when fear knocks let faith answer the door," said Roberts.

The Arthur Ashe Award has been handed out since 1993.

It honors those "who reflect the spirit of Arthur Ashe, possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost."

Be The Match registry, which is a national registry of bone marrow donors, saw an 18-hundred-percent increase in donors the day after Roberts made her illness public on television. Roberts' older sister was her match.


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