Cancer Type – Brain
Bio – The American Figure Skater that has captured the hearts of many, is facing his third brain tumor.
Short Story – Olympic Gold Medalist in figure skating, Scott Hamilton will always be known for his signature move, the backflip. His talent earned him an induction into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 1990, and was the gold medal in the 1984 Winter Olympics.
His charisma is unlike any other, and possibly why we are all drawn to his story. Hamilton battled testicular cancer in 1997, a brain tumor in 2004, a second brain tumor in 2010, only to receive a third brain tumor diagnosis in 2016.
“Last round, in 2010, I told Tracie, ‘God doesn’t owe me a day. I’m good. Whatever’s next is next,'” Scott said. “The blessings keep coming because we allow them and we ask for them.””I choose to truly—in everything that we do—celebrate life,” said Hamilton, who founded the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation for cancer research.
In April of 2017, Hamilton revealed to People Magazine thaWt his third brain tumor had reduced in size without treatment.
Hamilton’s secret to life in contagious, from his attitude to his smile, he enjoys every day as a gift. His advice for facing adversity, get as many opinions as you can, so you know exactly what you are facing.
His third tumor was found during a routine check-up. He lost his mother to cancer, but holds on to the belief his outcome will be much different.
Thank you for being the courage many need to emulate, and for giving back through your foundation Scott.
Website – https://scottcares.org/
Image Credits – NightThree at English Wikipedia. / Public domain.
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Facing his third brain tumor, Scott keeps a positive attitude, believing that life should be celebrated every day in everything we do. Today he spends his time taking care of his skating school and his foundation with his wife, Tracie Hamilton. The couple has four children. Two of the four they adopted from Haiti.
Brain tumors are not new for Scott; he was actually born with one. It was never diagnosed when he was young, which he says he is grateful because back then, the treatments would have been devastating.
After dealing with testicular cancer in 1997, he set up his the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative in 1999. In 2014 The Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation became national.
This foundation helps with cancer research and care funding. This is done by raising money through several ways that include businesses, philanthropists, and in-kind donors.
He lost his mother to cancer when he was in his early 20s. He credits his positive attitude toward four bouts of cancer to his mother, who always said things like “this chemo, I have wanted to quit smoking, and now I have no desire to have one” or “I have wanted to lose this extra weight.”
Scott says, “she taught me how to deal with cancer and life in general without even knowing she was doing so.”
|Country represented||United States|
|Born||August 28, 1958 (age 62), Bowling Green, Ohio|
|Spouse||Tracie Robinson (m. 2002)|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (163 cm)|
|Former coach||Don Laws, Carlo Fassi, Pierre Brunet|
|Skating club||Philadelphia SC & HS|
|Began skating||age 13|
|Representing United States|
|Men’s Figure skating|
|Gold Medal – First Place, 1984 Sarajevo||Men’s singles|
|Gold Medal – First Place, 1981 Hartford||Men’s singles|
|Gold Medal – First Place, 1982 Copenhagen||Men’s singles|
|Gold Medal – First Place, 1983 Helsinki||Men’s singles|
|Gold Medal – First Place, 1984 Ottawa||Men’s singles|