YourCareEverywhere, a health and wellness content site and consumer engagement platform by Franklin-based MEDHOST, recently teamed up with Olympic Gold Medalist and Franklin resident Scott Hamilton on an exclusive video series discussion of his life and journey through cancer and brain tumors.
The seven-part series, Scott Hamilton’s Miracle, offers new insights into Hamilton’s childhood, his accidental introduction to ice skating, his diagnosis of testicular cancer and three subsequent benign brain tumors, and much more, including his unfaltering focus on eliminating cancer through his Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation and as the founder and continuing ambassador for Cleveland Clinic’s 4th Angel mentoring program.
“There’s one thing that every cancer patient has in common. They just want more and better options, and the support to help them go through it,” said Hamilton. “To provide that support, I worked with the Cleveland Clinic to launch the 4th Angel mentoring program. The program pairs newly diagnosed patients with trained volunteers of a similar age and cancer experience. The mentors work as life coaches and role models, and it’s exciting to see these relationships being formed.”
Unbeknownst to the YourCareEverywhere team filming the series – or Hamilton himself – the project was about to get personal. “As a Franklin-based company, we were particularly interested in partnering with Scott and his foundation to share his narrative of hope to the many patients, family members and caregivers affected by cancer,” said Daniel Hart, president of YourCareUniverse, Inc., a MEDHOST company. “Following the interview, we learned that the wife of one of our local consultants was matched with a 4th Angel mentor as a direct result of the video project. Hearing her story further strengthened our resolve to spread the word about Scott’s foundation and the Cleveland Clinic’s 4th Angel mentoring program.”
That consultant’s wife is Franklin resident Cindy Hamilton (no relation to Scott Hamilton). Cindy is a 42-year-old mother of two children ages eight and 12, who runs a marketing consultancy with her husband, Ken. In mid-March, Cindy went to a walk-in clinic with what she thought was a recurring stomach bug. After a weeklong hospital stay, she was diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer and was told that her only option was to start chemo to extend her life by what might be just a few months to a year.
She and her family were distraught, and while they knew they needed a second opinion, they didn’t know a way to get one. “Who do you call when you know nothing about the disease you’ve just been diagnosed with?” said Cindy. “After hearing about the Cleveland Clinic’s 4th Angel mentoring program, I thought why not, without expecting anything.” Before the end of the week, Cindy was connected with her 4th Angel, a woman who is a near nine-year survivor of the same cancer, same stage, and same diagnosis. “My mentor has been a gift to me and my family. She explained treatment options and doctor and facility recommendations that I wouldn’t have known were available. Most importantly, she showed me that there ARE people that have survived my type of cancer, giving me much needed hope and a reason to keep fighting.”
Learn more about Cindy Hamilton’s 4th Angel story, the Scott Hamilton’s Miracle video series, and how to support the Scott Hamilton CARES foundation at: YourCareEverywhere.com