Last week, Vancouver Province sports writer Steve Ewen was selected as a recipient of the Eric Whitehead Inspired Service Award.
In its fourth year of being awarded, it was named after the former Province sports editor and columnist who was instrumental in the founding of the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame.
As the story in the Province reports, Ewen was diagnosed in 2010 with a solitary plasmacytoma, a type of blood cancer, and needed two rods and 15 screws to be inserted into his back and neck. In a six-month hospital stay, he had eight back surgeries, leaving his spine fused from his neck to the middle of his back. The cancer returned in 2017, when he had a stem cell transplant.
Despite these challenges, Ewen has continued to work through his lengthy battle with cancer. For close to 30 years, he’s covered just about any sport imaginable.
“I think any time that people recognize newspapers, it’s important for us at this stage,” he said. We couldn’t agree with him more. Congrats, Steve!