The Profiles in Courage Award 2001.
The Kennedy Society has decided to award Chief Oncologist Carsten Rose, Lund,
Sweden, with John F. Kennedy's book "Profiles in Courage" for the
year 2001 for the following reasons: Chief Oncologist Carsten Rose has shown
courage to administer his responsibility of giving his patients the best possible
treatment. He has shown it in practise and by using his freedom of speech as
his duty of speech.
Thus he has acted in accordance with the words of John F. Kennedy: "The
courage to live is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final
moment. A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite
of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis for all human
This is similar to the words spoken by Robert F. Kennedy in South Africa on
6 June 1966 - in his appeal to end apartheid: "Each time a man stands up
for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice,
he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million
different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can
sweep down the migtiest walls of oppression and resistance."
This understanding of loyalty may be crucial in a world where those in power
are tempted to distort facts to be in their interest. This effort is also in
line with the words of Jacqueline Kennedy: "John Kennedy believed so strongly...
that we should all do something to right the wrongs we see and not just complain
about them... He believed that one person could make a difference - and that
every man should try."
- Carsten Rose has also - by inviting others to critically follow his work -
acted with the perception that your best friend is not the shoulder patter but
the person who gives you the necessary criticism.