Former Olympian Scott Hamilton Joins Provision Center for Proton Therapy Board
Former figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton has joined the Provision Center for Proton Therapy board of directors.
A cancer and brain tumor survivor who lives in Nashville with his family, Hamilton has been advocate for cancer research and treatment.
He is a spokesperson for the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute and the founder of the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, which, along with his 4th Angel Mentoring Program, will be implemented in Knoxville.
“This was a natural fit for us. We’re really excited about having someone who’s going to impact what we’re doing here,” said Terry Douglass, chairman of the Provision Center for Proton Therapy board. “He brings a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of commitment to education and research. He really wants to help, and I believe that the way he lives his life is similar to our core values as an organization.”
Douglass was introduced to Hamilton after the skater and his wife, Tracie, adopted two Haiti orphans. Douglass’ daughter and son-in-law adopted the children’s sibling.
Tracie Hamilton and Douglass also share the same hometown of Jackson, Tenn.
“They came up here to visit, and we just got to know them. I brought them over to the center and showed them what we were doing,” Douglass said. “He got really excited about it and one thing led to another.”
Hamilton, a best-selling author, keynote speaker and skating commentator, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1997, and successfully overcame a benign brain tumor in 2004 and its recurrence in 2010.
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