Saturday, December 16, 2017
Health

Olympic ice skater, cancer survivor Scott Hamilton joins Moffitt national board of advisers

TAMPA — The Moffitt Cancer Center has appointed famed ice skater, Olympian and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton to its national board of advisers, the institute announced Tuesday.

Hamilton joins a group of 32 prominent figures from across the country on the national board to serve as a Moffitt ambassador.

"The culture and expertise that Moffitt holds as the center of its identity is elevating cancer treatment options that were once thought to be science fiction," Hamilton said in a prepared statement.

Hamilton's had a long career as an ice skater, best known for capturing the hearts of millions during his Olympic Gold medal performance in Sarajevo in 1984.

Hamilton battled testicular cancer in 1997, and in 2004, doctors found he had a brain tumor. Now, he works a public speaker and humanitarian.

He leads the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation (Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship) and the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy. The foundation supports two cancer education websites and a patient-mentor program.

"It is an honor to have Scott join our team," said Bob Griese, chair of Moffitt's Board of Advisors and Hall of Fame quarterback with the Miami Dolphins. "He is an incredible role model on so many different levels, and he is obviously so passionate about cancer research and quality patient care. We look forward to his thoughts and ideas."

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