Teen Battling Chronic Disease Gives Uplifting Speech at 2017 ESPYs (VIDEO)
Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!
Jarrius Robertson, who has been battling a chronic liver disease since he was baby, has been living in and out of hospitals his entire life.
The now 15-year-old has blown sports fans away with his positive attitude and outlook on life.
He was honored with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2017 ESPYs on Wednesday, July 12, where he completely won over the crowd with his charm.
The New Orleans teen suffers from biliary atresia, a disease that affects his physical growth.
Rewind to December 2015, when the teen first met members of the New Orleans Saints football team at the Ochsner Hospital for Children.
He made the players laugh and a video of the meeting went viral across the internet.
Jarrius then began regularly attending Saints games and even stole the show at this year’s NBA all-star game.
Since receiving his first liver transplant when he was just 1, Jarrius has undergone at least 36 surgeries, including a second liver transplant in April.
He was presented the ESPY by John Cena and was accompanied onstage by his parents, Jordy Robertson and Patricia Hoyal.
“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up. These words by Jimmy [Valvano] I have been living my entire life,” he said onstage.
“The past two years have been a blessing for my family.”
He continued, “Lastly and not least my family. I want to thank them for being by my side and all the sacrifices to get me to where I am now.”
Jordy recently opened up about his son’s bravery and perseverance.
“He’s got the heart of a lion but the body of a baby,” he told The Undefeated.
“If there was a war right now, he’d say, ‘Dad, put me on the front line and let me go.’
"He’s a brave person with courage and understanding.”
Congrats on your award, Jarrius, and keep fighting!