After battling cancer for eight years, Stuart Scott passed away on Jan. 4, 2015. Today, on the one year anniversary of his death, his two daughters are paying tribute to him and opening up about their struggle and growth as they move forward.
Taelor, 20, and Sydni Scott, 16, teamed up with Dear World to pen a letter to their father and release a beautiful video in honor of his most honorable role: being their dad.
While we continue to celebrate him as a journalist and a well-known sports broadcaster, Taelor and Sydni give us a glimpse at who Stuart was beyond the cameras. They smile as they remember how he encouraged them to follow their dreams and passions, and they cry as they open up about what they miss most about him now.
Alongside the video—as if that alone didn't already pull at all your heartstrings—the two young women also wrote their dad a touching letter:
Growing up we thought all Dads worked "inside the television." This last year, we realized the full impact you've had on the world, and how important you were to so many. A whirlwind year of appearances and accepting awards on your behalf, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Hall of Fame Inductions, your book launch and even a visit to the White House — has given us great insight into the mark you left during your lifetime. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to meet many people whom you profoundly impacted, share our grief and our memories while giving back on your behalf and continuing the legacy you started in raising cancer awareness.
You lived your life with a fierce sense of authenticity, passion and competitiveness, giving it your all and reaching for the best in everything you did. When you were diagnosed with cancer, you showed the world how to fight with that same fierce passion, instilling a sense of hope and inspiration to so many. And in the end you taught us all how to win – live or die – by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live.
From you Dad, we've learned to reach for the fight we possess inside and apply it with passion to our lives. It was through your vulnerability, that you taught us the real value of strength in never giving up.
Love, Tae & Syd
More of Stuart's friends and fans have continued to write him their own letters using the hashtag #DearStuartScott.