An Invitation to Join Forces and Turn Cancer Upside Down™
PLease join me in supporting the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation at the Boston Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer Event on December 1, 2017. Funds raised for the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation support cancer research, education, and survivorship with 20% of the funds raised through this Skating Club of Boston initiative going directly to two of Boston's world-class institutions: Mass General Cancer Center and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
I am participating in this fundraiser as a complete tribute to the amazing life of Scott Hamilton himself. Most folks know him as Olympic Champion and cancer survivor. I know him as a great friend, a great husband and Dad, and the ultimate positive person with strong Christian beliefs.
I met him at the 1976 Nationals in Colorado Springs when he was competing against my best friend Rick Rigby (previous President of the Skating Club of Boston). He had a unique haircut that week. I then changed my training site from the Skating Club of Boston to Denver in the summer of 1977 through the summer of 1978. Scott and I were both on-ice and off-ice training partners. For those of you who skated in the 70's, "off-ice training" was quite different than today's incredible skating athletes so I really got to know Scott in a different "off-ice" way. Yup, he was fun to hang out with.
He came to visit me in Chicago when I was in Medical School in 1984 after he won the Olympics and to hang out with our law school friend Brent Landis and my med school friends. Yowza, he was still fun to go out with to celebrate his Gold medal. Chicago was upended for a couple days that weekend.
Tracie finally settled him down with a quiet loving touch. She is the best. Scott has devoted his focus of love to his amazing family.
Scott's Mom, his Dad (Ernie) and his longtime supporter (Mrs Mac) would be so proud of how he has lived his life filled with positive purpose. This foundation says it all. He just cares...(about others and not much about himself)
I salute you, Scott. I am encouraging everyone I know to support your cause with anything they can give. Let's go get 'em in the cancer community and make a difference.