As part of Lake Placid's celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Olympics, Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton will help raise money for cancer patients on both a national and local level.
At 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, Scott will lead community members on the Lake Placid Olympic Oval in a Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer™ event. This “Frozen 5K” skate-a-thon is the signature fundraiser of the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, a not-for-profit 501 c (3) dedicated to changing the future of cancer funding, research and patient care. The Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation has held over 70 Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer™ events that have raised over $1-million.
“All my life I’ve learned so many lessons from skating, but nothing quite compares to the joy I see on the faces of participants as they raise peer-to-peer funding by skating the Frozen 5K,” said Hamilton. “And what better place to celebrate breakthroughs than on the legendary Lake Placid Olympic Oval where Eric Heiden won a record five gold medals.”
The partner selected as the charity of choice for the Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer™ event is Adirondack Health. A portion of the proceeds raised will be directed to help North Country cancer patients travel for acute care related to their cancer diagnosis and treatment plan.
“Some cancer patients struggle with the costs to travel for second-opinions, surgery or radiation treatments outside the local area,” said Sylvia Getman, CEO of Adirondack Health. “We are thrilled to partner with the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation as this will undoubtedly help north country cancer patients.”
For more information about the event or to sign up to participate, go to mysk8.org/LakePlacidNY2020.