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Award recipients share stories in Taipei

2012/09/17 18:43:22

Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) Local and foreign recipients of an award honoring their perseverance in the face of life's challenges gathered in Taipei Monday to share their stories.

Among the recipients of the Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal issued by the Chou Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation was Huang Yu-ting, a woman suffering from cerebral palsy who aspires to be "a philosopher in a wheelchair."

Huang, who was born premature and diagnosed with epilepsy and cerebral palsy when she was one year old, has spent most of her life in and out of hospital.

Despite the difficulty of her situation, she has continued with her studies and pursuit of her interest in philosophy, and was admitted into Soochow University's Department of Philosophy in June last year.

Huang is among 19 people from around the world who were chosen to receive the medal, which honors people who rise above disease or other ordeals to achieve something special or whose perseverance leads to contributions to society.

The 14 recipients who attended the award ceremony in Taiwan also included Jhamak Kumari Ghimire, a Nepalese writer born with cerebral palsy and writes and paints with her foot, and Fu Chunsheng, a Chinese psychiatrist who ventures into earthquake-struck areas of China to offer counselling to the victims.

Chen Yin-hsueh, a motor neuron disease sufferer who can communicate only by blinking and typing with her left big toe, was also honored for her activism in advancing the rights of the physically challenged.

The medal was established to commemorate Chou Ta-kuan, a poet and cancer fighter who died at the age of 10 in 1997, and to encourage more people to cherish and respect the gift of life.

(By Hsu Chih-wei and Scully Hsiao)