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.
2009 Recipient - Dave Mills
Dave has been diagnosed with the genetic degenerative disorder spinocerebellar ataxia. This disorder causes stiffness in his legs, sudden uncoordinated muscle movements and walking problems. Dave began swimming 17 years ago and swimming helps ease the pain in his legs. It is a good sport for him because he does not have to worry about falling. He swims 2 miles four to five times a week. He also gets physical therapy help for stretching his legs and fines relief by using his hot tub. Dave has been competing in DSO 50, 100 and 200 yard swimming events for the last three years and competed in the 500 yard event his first two years. He also serves as a volunteer instructor for an adaptive swim class at the Brandywine YMCA and represents the Brandywine and Bear/Glasgow YMCA’s.
For his determined spirit to overcome personal challenges and great odds and his courage to improve his quality of life, DSO awards Dave Mills with its Charlie Marten Memorial Award.