Scott Hamilton on the ice at one of his fundraising performances. Photo by Don Gerda/Cleveland Clinic

November 25, 2013

Making Miracles: Scott Hamilton Ice Show Celebrates Life

The fight against cancer is personal for Scott Hamilton.

The Olympic figure skating legend lost his mother to cancer, has seen many friends struggle with the disease, and is a cancer survivor himself. After his mother passed away in 1977, he supported cancer research.

“I always thought that was as far as I could take it,” he said.

But with the wisdom and insight he gained as a cancer survivor, Hamilton took his efforts a step further and created the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative through Cleveland Clinic where he was successfully treated. The program supports clinical research, the 4th Angel Mentoring Program, and Chemocare.com, which puts chemotherapy information in simple English and Spanish. These efforts are funded through a wildly successful Cleveland, Ohio, figure skating show.

Now, through his acquaintance with Provision founder Terry Douglass, Hamilton is expanding his philanthropic mission to Knoxville through the Scott CARES Foundation. The celebration kick-off will become an annual ice skating and musical event.

“Scott Hamilton and Friends on Ice” will feature a live concert by six-time Grammy© winner Amy Grant, coupled with live figure skating performances by Olympic greats like Katia Gordeeva, Nicole Bobek, Paul Wylie and many more. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

This unique program will never be performed again, and the combination of great, live music with professional skating is not to be missed.

“It’s spectacular,” said Hamilton. “The live music brings the performance to a whole other level. Everybody brings their best self, and the performances are full of authenticity. Everyone is sharing their love and joy of skating, and their love and joy of music. There is nothing like it.”

But, more than anything else, the show is a celebration of life, the lives of survivors and the lives of those who are no longer with us.

“They’re not gone,” said Hamilton. “They live in me. They are part of who I am. Mom is with me every single day. It means a lot to me that I’m doing what she wants me to do.”

Funds raised by the ice show will support the new Provision CARES Foundation and Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation in their mission to fund cancer research, promote cancer awareness, provide assistance to patients and families in need and the new RadCare.org web site that provides easy-to-understand information on radiation therapy.

Hamilton is excited to be part of Provision, where the emerging science of proton therapy is ready to help cancer patients receive effective treatment while protecting healthy tissue as much as possible.

“This is a blessing and an honor,” said Hamilton. “Terry Douglass is more than a brilliant man and incredible entrepreneur. Part of his identity is how he touches people all over the world with his service, faith and love of humanity. He just loves people.”

“I am totally engaged in proton therapy. I’m excited about what they’re doing here (at Provision). This is an incredible opportunity for people in Knoxville and the region to have access to this level of technology in health care.”

“We’ll be here until cancer is cured.”

 

By Shannon Carey

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