After losing his mother to breast cancer and then fighting testicular cancer himself, Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton started a foundation to help those touched by the disease.
BY LAURA PANJWANI
PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 15, 2016
Figure skater Scott Hamilton is perhaps best known for his signature backflip—a difficult move that few others can execute on ice.
But while the Olympic gold medalist has spent much of his career turning himself upside down, he now aims to turn cancer upside down. After losing his mother to breast cancer in 1977 and surviving his own battle with testicular cancer in 1997, Hamilton started the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, which is dedicated to funding world-class research and quality care to improve cancer survivorship. The logo for his foundation, an upside down ribbon, is a nod to his backflip and, more importantly, his goal to reverse the trajectory of cancer.
Scott Hamilton shares his thoughts about his Mothers Breast Cancer, his cancer and Proton Therapy.
The most recognized male figure skating star in the world, Scott Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards and honors including an Emmy Award nomination, induction into the United States OlympicHall of Fame and a privileged member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In 1984, he captured the attention of the world with his Olympic Gold medal performances in Saravejo and since has shared his love and enthusiasm for the sport as a commentator, performer, producer and best-selling author (Landing It & The Great Eight).
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