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The Never Be Defeated awards was originated by Gavers Community Cancer Foundation president Steve Gavers and made its debut at Barndance 2001. In recent years, it has become customary for Steve to honor two or three cancer survivors whose positive attitudes have inspired others. But the first NBD recipients were not cancer survivors; they were people who made a difference in Steve’s life long before he himself became a cancer survivor.
“There are people in your life who’ve touched your life in ways you’ll never forget,” Steve said, explaining the origin of the award. As his first honorees, he chose Bud Swartout and Barbara Oughton, two retired Woodstock High School teachers who — though none of them could know it at the time — helped give Steve the tools he would need in his own fight against cancer.
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