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.
2010 Recipient - Bob Wall
Beginning in 1938 at the age of eight when Bob was diagnosed with acute rheumatic fever, which caused severe damage to his heart, he has continued to face a series of health issues. He was constantly being told from all sides “what he couldn’t do anymore” but he never listened. He has overcome three forms of cancer and in 1995 he received his first pacemaker – he is now on his third. He began participating in the Senior Olympics in Westchester, New York in 1985 and over a four year span won 11 medals. He planned to participate in the Delaware Senior Olympics in 2007 but had another set back and couldn’t compete until 2008. He competed in both weight lifting and track and field in 2008 winning three gold medals and a silver in spite of having a new pacemaker inserted between the two events. In 2009 a basal cell skin cancer removal prevented him from competing in weight lifting after he ripped open his incision while training. But he recovered in time for track and field and won three gold medals. Participation in 2010 was prevented by another skin cancer removal but he is currently training hard for 2011. Bob says that he lives by an old boxing adage which says “It is not how many times you get knocked down that is important but it’s how many times you get up.
For his positive attitude and ability to always bounce back from adversity DSO recognizes Bob Wall with its 2010 Charlie Marten Memorial Award.