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ESPYS 2016: Jimmy V. Award Winner Craig Sager Vows to 'Live My Life Full of Love'

The Turner Sports reporter is living with leukemia.

ByABC News
July 13, 2016, 11:26 PM

— -- Sportscaster Craig Sager spoke of the importance of staying positive while accepting the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYS in Los Angeles tonight.

The Turner Sports reporter, who revealed earlier this year that his leukemia is no longer in remission, explained that his cancer battle has taught him to see each day as a blessing.

Though Sager acknowledged that hardships that have come with fighting the disease, he added that "time is simply how you life your life."

"If I've learned anything through all of this, it's that each and every day is a canvas waiting to be painted -- an opportunity for love, for fun, for living, for learning," he told the crowd at the Microsoft Theater. "I will continue to keep fighting, sucking the marrow out of life as life sucks the marrow out of me."

He added, "To everybody out there, we are making progress -- incredible progress...We are going to find a cure for cancer. But we need your help."

Sager, 65, paid tribute to his wife, children and other loved ones, and thanked the athletes in the audience for making his job fun. He also urged the audience to continue to donate to cancer organizations to find a cure for the disease, and promised to continue to live his life with a positive attitude.

"I will live my life full of love and full of fun," he concluded. "It's the only way I know how."

Vice President Joe Biden introduced Sager, calling him "a man of courage and loyalty with a hell of a team behind him." Biden also referred to his late son, Beau Biden, who died last year from brain cancer at the age of 48.

"Till the end, my Beau worried about his family more than himself," he said. "He lived his entire life by my father's code, which was, 'Never complain, never explain, just get up.'"

The Jimmy V Award is given to someone in sports who has overcome great obstacles through perseverance and determination. It is named for Valvano, the NCAA-winning coach who gave an emotional acceptance speech at the 1993 ESPYS that included his famous words "Don't Give Up...Don't Ever Give Up!" He died of cancer later that year.

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