DSO Charlie Marten Memorial Award
The Charlie Marten Award was established in 2005 by a collaborative effort of the Division of Services for the Aging and the Delaware Senior Olympics. It honors Charlie Marten who after suffering from a stroke fought back to be able to walk again at Beach Day 2002. Charlie died in 2004 at the age of 66. The award honors an individual who demonstrates the following qualities:
- inspires others by example.
- Has a determined spirit to overcome personal challenges and great odds.
- Works hard to turn obstacles into opportunities
- Has courage to make changes to improve their quality of life.
2006 Recipient - Arthur Fulton
Art has participated in the Delaware Senior Olympics softball for over ten years winning 4 silver and 4 bronze medals. He also competed in the National Senior Games in Virginia Beach and Pittsburgh. After being diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2005, Charlie underwent surgery to remove his esophagus. Complications from surgery left him unable to eat and on a feeding tube for many months. Art never lost his fighting spirit and continued to work towards his goal of playing softball again. After dropping to 125 pounds he is finally eating again and gaining weight. Although he was not able to compete in DSO Softball this year, he cheered his team on and did qualify for the 2007 National Games and is on target to compete in Louisville.
For his determined spirit to overcome personal challenges and his inspiration to others we honor Arthur Fulton with the 2006 Charlie Marten Award.