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Scott Hamilton Leads Effort To Eliminate Cancer

Posted at 6:42 PM, Oct 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-01 19:58:43-04

"I have cancer and it's a big thing to get rid of it, beat it, and fight," 12-year-old Gabe Anderson said.

Anderson was diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He has spent many of his days in the hospital receiving treatment to fight the disease, and now people in the community have been helping him and others win their battles against cancer.

Participants have been lacing up their skates in an effort to help raise money to fight cancer. So far the Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation has raised $100,000.

For Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton the fight against cancer has been personal.

"I've been touched, I've been devastated, and I survived. I have to make a difference," said Hamilton.

He has been leading the efforts to bring people together to Skate to Eliminate Cancer at Bridgestone Arena.

"We may raise $10,000 today. Every nickel, every penny makes a huge difference," said Hamilton.

The CARE foundation has been doing its part. Its goal has been to eliminate chemotherapy and traditional radiation, replacing those treatment options with immuno therapy and proton therapy.

"We've got to do something, we have to do something, and if we don’t, who are we as people?” said Hamilton.

People from across the city hit the ice to support the cause, and hope the effort helps lead to a cure.