ESPN anchor shares cancer battle at ESPY Awards

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott speaks at the 2014 ESPY Awards.
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Amid the highlights and celebrations at ESPN's "ESPY Awards" Wednesday night, one of the network's own stole the show about his personal battle with cancer.

SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott was presented with the "Jimmy V Perseverance Award," named for Jim Valvano, the former North Carolina St. basketball coach who died of cancer shortly after presenting a legendary speech at the ESPY Awards in 1993. Scott has been battling the disease for the past seven years.

After a moving video presentation about Scott's battle, he took the stage and shared his views on cancer and the fight he faces daily.

"When you die, that 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," Scott said. "So live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight, lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you."

Scott said in the week before Wednesday's awards show, he underwent four surgeries during a 10-day hospital stay.

At the end of the speech, he called for his younger daughter to come on the stage to give him a hug and she obliged.

Watch the speech