Monday, December 6, 2021

Scott Hamilton & Friends Skating Event to Fight Cancer

Scott Hamilton will always be known as an Olympic gold medalist.

Another part of their legacy is establishing a niche for figure skaters to earn a living after their competitive careers, when they created the Stars on Ice Tour in the 1980s.

What cancer survivor Hamilton is doing now with his foundation ( Can dwarf all your other achievements. His fifth annual Scott Hamilton & Friends event at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 21 will focus on the fight to conquer glioblastoma, a particularly deadly form of cancer.

The show, which will feature a bevy of Olympic skaters including champions Katya Gordeeva and Ilya Kulik, as well as music stars such as Lady A, Grace Potter, Maren Morris, For King and Country and Seuss Winans, will also pay tribute to Michael Busby. , Nashville songwriter, record producer, publisher and instrumentalist who passed away from illness in 2019.

“The statistics for people with cancer are getting worse,” Hamilton says. “They were trending better but COVID deprived people of the ability to get the care they needed. It’s been a tough year for people trying to recover from cancer.”

The show’s focus on glioblastoma is two-pronged, inspired by both Busby and Scott Williams, an Arkansan, who reached out to Hamilton’s outfit as he was undergoing treatment.

“Scott heard about me and picked up my book ‘The Great Eight’ and decided he wanted to help us raise money for glioblastoma brain cancer research,” Hamilton says. “He wanted to ride a bicycle the length of 444 miles of Natchez Trace Parkway. We thought, ‘What in the world?’ Scott felt he was called to it.”

Hamilton put Williams in contact with a fellow cyclist working within the organization, and the two of them completed the trip on time despite running into obstacles including a tornado.

“Scott was bringing us something powerful and unique,” Hamilton says, noting that he received donations from 27 states and three countries. “He focused us on a form of cancer that really has no hope, but he gave us hope. He gave us a sense that with that relentless hope you can achieve remarkable things.”

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Busby’s family and many of his actors readily joined the concert/skating show. Proceeds will fund glioblastoma research through the Scott Hamilton Caress Foundation, which is dedicated to changing the future of cancer by funding advanced, innovative research that treats cancer while sparing the patient.

“We spoke to his wife, Jesse, and said that we really wanted to celebrate Busby’s life and music on this show, and would try to bring together as many financial resources as possible to fund research. “Hamilton explains. She said exactly that and reached out to the cast of Busby so that we can put the spotlight on this gentleman and celebrate his life and memory.

“We believe in God-determined opportunities and we really want to do the best and we want to do as much as we can for Busby and his wife Jesse and the family and their music. And for people with this type of cancer.” Try to change the result.”

Potter, a three-time Grammy nominee, has a background in skating and even told Hamilton she would love to be on the ice during rehearsals. She joked that maybe she could sing a song while skating.

Performances will range from songs from each artist’s catalog to Busby’s extensive music.

“It has been a humbling honor to be involved in this year’s CARES benefit with Scott Hamilton,” says Jesse Busby. “He and his team are warriors for cancer research, and I truly believe this year’s event has the potential to be a key marker in the fight against glioblastoma – the deadliest form of brain cancer. Life of my dear husband, The eventual death and legacy have opened the door to some major advances in glioblastoma research and treatment.”

Hamilton promised “a few surprises” in the program, which is not being shown on television – although he would welcome any outlet interested in airing the show.

“Only the show will be performed and only those who see it,” he says, “will be present at Bridgestone Arena.”


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