TAMPA, Fla. – Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton has been appointed to the Moffitt Cancer Center national Board of Advisors. Hamilton joins a prominent group of individuals from across the nation serving as Moffitt ambassadors and offering their expertise and counsel on issues relating to the cancer center.
“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. “This is exactly the kind of alliance partner the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation seeks to support. For me, being invited to serve on their board of advisors is an incredible gift. To be a part of an organization that is changing the world for people facing cancer is an honor like no other. Thanks to Moffitt, the future of cancer treatment is now.”
As the world’s most recognized male figure skating star, Hamilton captured the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide with his Olympic Gold medal performance in Sarajevo in 1984.
Hamilton 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 mentoring program, and leads nationwide initiatives, including Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer, which raises awareness and funding for cancer research.
“It is an honor to have Scott join our team,” said Bob Griese, chair of Moffitt’s Board of Advisors and former Dolphins Pro Football Hall of Famer quarterback. “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.”
Since his gold medalist days, Hamilton has shared his love and enthusiasm for the sport as an analyst, performer, producer and best-selling author (“Landing It,” 1999; “The Great Eight,” 2009). He further inspires as a speaker, humanitarian, and as a testicular cancer and pituitary brain tumor survivor.
“Words can be most powerful when directly associated to an experience. Hearing the word ‘cancer’ brings thoughts of fear, sickness and suffering,” Hamilton said. “Hearing the words ‘Moffitt Cancer Center’ brings different thoughts; thoughts of hope, excellence and innovation. Knowing about the work of Moffitt Cancer Center, I was excited to actually see it with my own eyes.”
Hamilton joins 32 prominent figures on Moffitt’s national Board of Advisors.
About Moffitt Cancer Center Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of more than $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.