Scott Hamilton

Olympic Gold Medalist and cancer and brain tumor survivor, Scott Hamilton took to the ice at Bridgestone Winter Park on Thursday evening  to skate alongside Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt patients in support of “Shine Bright.” Patients and their families had the opportunity to skate with the famed figure skater as part of the “Shine Bright” campaign to encourage and engage the local community, show support to caregivers and brighten a patient’s day.

“These courageous kids inspire me every day,” said Scott Hamilton. “I enjoyed having the chance to join Children’s Hospital patients on the ice for an afternoon of skating and fun.”

As a generous member of the Nashville community, Scott Hamilton is a tireless advocate for cancer research and treatment through his own Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation. The Hamiltons have funded the Scott and Tracie Hamilton Chair in Cancer Survivorship at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in their quest for greater cancer treatment options and Scott sits on the Board of the Children’s Hospital as well.

A partnership with the Nashville Predators, “Shine Bright” is a mission to brighten someone’s day, giving everyone the opportunity to encourage Children’s Hospital patients, families and caregivers. Letter writing stations have been available throughout the community, at Predators games and other special events where participants can write an encouraging letter or draw a picture that will be given to patients at Children’s Hospital. “Shine Bright” letter writing stations will be set up at Bridgestone Winter Park throughout the All-Star Game weekend.

Children’s Hospital, which opened in 2004, is Middle Tennessee’s only freestanding children’s hospital as well as the region’s only comprehensive pediatric health care provider, currently employing 2,500 faculty and staff, including 425 full-time pediatricians and pediatric specialists skilled in 30 pediatric medical and surgical specialties.

For nine consecutive years, Children’s Hospital has ranked among the nation’s top pediatric centers in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For 2015, Children’s Hospital achieved national rankings for a maximum of 10 out of 10 pediatric specialty programs, with half of those specialties among the top 20 in the country.

For additional information about the “Shine Bright” campaign and how you can get involved, please visit Shine Bright website.

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