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President praises 2010 Love of Lives award recipients

President praises 2010 Love of Lives award recipients

Taipei, May 28 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday met with this year's recipients of Taiwan's most prestigious award -- the Love of Lives Medal -- and encouraged people to learn from the award recipients, who included a cancer patient who has devoted herself to charity work.
"Love of life knows no borders and everyone in the world could demonstrate their love for life anytime, anywhere," Ma said during a meeting with the 14 winners of this year's Love of Lives medals presented by the Chou Ta-Kuan Foundation.
The foundation was established in 1997 in memory of Chou Ta-kuan, a Taiwanese child who died of cancer. He was a young poet and painter who had demonstrated great enthusiasm for life.
Ma on Friday lauded Ta-kuan for his love of life despite pains he sustained because of cancer, and saluted Chou's parents for establishing the Love of Lives Medal, which he described as "Taiwan's Nobel Prize in Life." Ma shook hands with everyone of the 14 Love of Lives Medal winners and recapped their stories.
He said Janine Maxwell, founder of the non-profit organization Heart For Africa, had closed her business, which made her the equivalent of NT$600 million in profit each year, and threw herself into charity work for Africa, culminating in her establishment of the organization to alleviate hunger and poverty, help orphans and address the inequality of education in Africa.
Another recipient, Meillian Hwang, a cerebral palsy patient since birth, has led a colorful and active life despite her physical challenge. She even managed to win a Ph.D. in arts in the United States, Ma said.
Shoko Toyota, a life-time hereditary rheumatoid arthritis patient, has lived her 67-year life fervently and fully and has been known as the "96-centimeter giant." "Her autobiography 'Fulfillment of the 96 Centimeters' is very touching," the president said.
Dr. Doris Brougham, founder of Taiwan's renowned English-teaching program Studio Classroom, was selected as another recipient for her decades of work helping Taiwanese people, which she does with passion and dedication.
"Dr. Brougham is more qualified to call herself a Taiwanese than anyone in Taiwan," Ma said.
Dr. Li Ming, 90, a veteran educator, is a legend in Taiwan's vocational education history, Ma said, adding that at least 100,000 alumni call her "Granny Li." Another winner is Liu Gueixi from China, who has battled four kinds of terminal illnesses -- breast cancer, gallbladder cancer, bone marrow cancer and malignant pleural effusion -- but she has still made herself a successful businesswoman and has devoted her life to charity for the last decade, the president noted.
Gregory Burns, an American who lives in Singapore, is a polio patient since childhood. He is a record holder of four Paralympics competition events, including a gold medal in swimming at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona and a gold medal in swimming at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, according to the president.
(By Lee Shu-hua and Deborah Kuo)




Updated : 2021-05-16 15:13 GMT+08:00