Scott Hamilton is not new to philanthropy or cancer. Scott’s motto in life is “the only disability is a bad attitude.” One of the most sought after keynote speakers and most popular figure skating stars in the world today, Scott Hamilton is an Olympic Gold Medalist, Network TV skating analyst, actor, performer, producer, Emmy Award nominee, best-selling author, role model, humanitarian, philanthropist, and a cancer and brain tumor survivor. Even more importantly for Scott, he is a Christian, husband, and father to four beautiful children.
As a keynote speaker, he exudes enthusiasm and inspiration. As a figure skater, he forever bridges the gap between sports and entertainment. As a role model, he contradicts the saying that “good guys finish last.” As a humanitarian, he avails himself to any plight that will improve mankind. But, more importantly, as a cancer survivor he is a constant reminder that with fortitude and determination, anything is possible. Scott’s much publicized bout with testicular cancer in 1997, and his November, 2004 diagnosis and July 2010 recurrence of a benign, non-cancerous pituitary brain tumor, from which he has successfully recovered, has touched him with a special insight into life and human vulnerabilities.
Scott has participated in a wide variety of charitable activities throughout his adult life. He founded the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative at the Taussig Cancer Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as the 4th Angel mentoring program and ChemoCare.com. This wonderful initiative led to Scott founding his own foundation. The Cleveland Clinic CARES Initiative continues to this day with Scott’s active and full support. Scott is a tireless supporter of Second Harvest of Middle TN, Feeding America and Best Buddies. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Monroe Carrell Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital of Vanderbilt, the Provision Center for Proton Therapy and Special Olympics International.
The development of the first Scott Hamilton Proton Therapy Center is slated to break ground later this year in Franklin, Tennessee, a suburb just outside Nashville. Proton Therapy is one of the most advanced treatments available to cancer patients. Currently, there are only 15 proton therapy centers in the United States. The addition of the first Scott Hamilton Proton Therapy Center in Hamilton’s city of residence is a significant step towards a progressive new vision in cancer advocacy, awareness and treatment. While this new proton therapy center shares the name of Scott Hamilton, they are a separate organization from the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation. No donations given to Scott’s foundation will go towards the development or operation of any proton centers. As a matter of fact, the non-profit Scott Hamilton Proton Therapy Centers will actually donate a portion of excess revenues to the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation to support cancer patients through research, education, and survivorship programs.