It’s the Houston model train set that helped inspire Craig Sager’s moving ESPYS speech

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HOUSTON, TX - During his acceptance speech for the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYS on Wednesday night, sportscaster Craig Sager spent a good amount of time talking about a special place to him in Houston.

Sager was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and has undergone treatment at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Sager described how after treatments, he'd often visit a model train set inside of Texas Children's Hospital.

"Many nights, alone in the stillness and solitude of the hospital, I pushed those buttons," Sager said. " I watched the trains as they disappeared through the tunnels and emerged full steam on the other side.  I don't know why I'm so drawn to this train set.  Perhaps, it's my life coming full circle. Maybe it's just the kid inside all of us. Or perhaps, it's a few minutes of my life that leukemia cannot take from me."

Vice President Joe Biden presented Sager with the award.  Biden's son, Beau, died from cancer last year.

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