What a special honor it was to be the recipient of the Make A Wish Icon Award. The award was presented on behalf of my three decades of work with the organization. The Make A Wish Foundation is very near and dear to my heart. Bringing joy to children who are battling debilitating and life threatening illness is something I will forever be passionate about. If I am in a position to bring a smile to a child's face, I will do it in an instant. I am very proud to be receiving this award because it involves children. The award was presented at the 21st Annual Chris Greicius Celebrity Awards Banquet at the Disney Coronado Resort in Orlando. Others receiving awards were the New York Yankees organization, Corbin Bleu (High School Musical), the Jonas Brothers, and Monster Jam legend Dennis Anderson. My dear friend from ESPN, Howie Schwab, surprised me and flew to Orlando to present me the award along with Mark Kelly. I met Mark in 1992 when he was a Make A Wish child whose wish was to attend the Final Four and spend time with me. I created a special bond with Mark, who is now married and worked for several years at ESPN. We have stayed very close over the past two decades. It was very meaningful and special to have him there to present the award to me. I am so thankful and blessed for the life I have and to be able to do something I love. So anything I can do to help others in need, particularly children, I will always do!!!
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