Cancer Alliance for Research, Education and Survivorship

History of CARES

Scott HamiltonThe Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative (CARES) was founded in 1999 as a partnership between Scott Hamilton, Olympic ice-skating champion and cancer survivor, and the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center where he was treated. CARES was created to promote cancer awareness while raising significant funds for cancer research.

Key components of CARES include:

4th Angel Mentoring Program – designed to match newly diagnosed patients with trained volunteers who are also cancer survivors. Emphasizing one-on-one contact, individuals are paired according to age and cancer type in an effort to empower both patients and volunteers with knowledge, awareness, and hope. In addition, the 4th Angel Caregiver Mentoring program is designed to match a caregiver of a cancer survivor to a current caregiver of a cancer patient. A 4th Angel Caregiver Mentor uses her/his experience to help others cope with the difficult caregiver role. – a unique website designed to help patients better understand the chemotherapy experience. As the first website of its kind in the United States, is written in easy-to-understand language and outlines everything patients and their families need to know about chemotherapy, side effects and their management.

Research Funding – critical to its mission, CARES has funded nearly $1.2 million in cancer research in the past six years.

Annual Ice show and Gala – the primary fundraising event for CARES. Held in the fall (typically November) the Ice Show attracts 7,000 attendees and 850 individuals attend the Gala Dinner.