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Cohen discovered he had multiple sclerosis in 1973 -- but he didn't let the illness get in the way of his work as a CBS producer. By 1996, his disabilities prevented him from working in television and he has since spent his time advocating for others who have the debilitating disease.
"Everybody is touched by chronic illness," he told the magazine. "It's the flood under the door."
The event was held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Other recipients of the 2009 Inspire Award include actress Glenn Close, who has been a mental health advocate, and record producer Quincy Jones, who has worked to fight poverty.