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.

2008 Recipient - Joyce Emory Perry

Joyce Perry Charlie Marten Memorial Award 2008

Shortly after participating in the National Senior Games in Louisville in 2007, Joyce was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer and began the hardest fight of her life. After major surgery and several months battling the harsh effects of chemotherapy, Joyce was able to realize her dream of once again participating in the Delaware Senior Olympics when she stepped on the basketball court at the PAL Center on October 25th of this year and helped her Ya Ya team qualify for the 2009 National Games in Palo Alto. During her fight she has become a spokesperson for the importance of early diagnoses of ovarian cancer and has spoken to many groups to spread the word. For her determined spirit to overcome personal challenges, her courage in improving the quality of life of others and her inspiration in fighting great odds, DSO recognizes Joyce Perry with its 2008 Charlie Marten Memorial Award.