The courage and grace displayed by Robin Roberts now has her on a list with some of the worlds immortals. Wednesday night, Robin joined the likes of Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela as recipients of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
The Good Morning America co-anchor's battle to beat cancer has been well documented. Because she was so visible on TV in her efforts to get a bone marrow transplant and fight her disease, she became the obvious choice to receive the Arthur Ashe honor.
At the awards ceremony Wednesday night, Robin was introduced by First Lady Michelle Obama, who joined the telecast by video. LeBron James presented the award, and Tom Cruise narrated a film highlighting Robin's achievements as a broadcaster and her brave battle against cancer and MDS, a blood and bone marrow disease.
Upon accepting the award, Robin said, "When fear knocks, let faith answer the door."
She thanked her friends, family and supporters saying, "I didn't find that strength on my own — it's a quality that grew with every word of support."
Robin Roberts has a long history with ESPN, where in 1990 she became the network's first black female sportscaster. She grew up in Pass Christian, and worked for WLOX in the mid-80s.