"I think he was successful in life because he loved life. He was one of the most positive, optimistic people I ever met."

Marilyn Chandler

Courage Award


Rod Carew , who, along with his daughter Michelle, inspired the prayers of of a nation and made millions of people aware of the critical need for organ donors. In April 1996, Carew's youngest daughter, Michelle, lost her battle to leukemia. In a valiant effort to save his daughter's life, Rod Carew demonstrated the same tenacious and heroic qualities that earned him a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rod Carew called Bob "a prime example of courage in life.

Scott Hamilton , Olympian and professional skater, demonstrated courage and enormous generosity in sharing his struggle with testicular cancer with the public in order to educate and inform. Scott Hamilton is clearly a champion among champions and one of the most respected athletes, performers and commentators of our times.

Eric Davis, major league baseball star with the Baltimore Orioles, courageously retuned to the Orioles lineup after undergoing surgery for colon cancer in June 1996. While still receiving weekly chemotherapy treatments, Mr. Davis played the final weeks of the regular season and was heroic in the American League Championship Series, the fifth game of which was highlighted by Eric's game- winning home run. "When I was diagnosed with cancer…my dreams didn't stop," Davis said. "And with the grace of God, my dreams did come true."
The Bob Chandler Courage Award is awarded to individuals in athletics who have been inspirational and courageous in facing the challenges of cancer on a personal level.