The Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation, established as a national identity in 2014, is dedicated to changing the future of cancer by funding advanced, innovative research that treats the cancer while sparing the patient.
Cancer knows no boundaries of age, gender or race and as our population ages the number of survivors living with the after effects of cancer treatment rises. Cancer care over the past 45 years has advanced in every area and more people are surviving than ever before. Breakthroughs in our understanding of cancer is driving new treatments with less devastating side effects from highly toxic cancer treatments.
We will remain flexible in our thinking and constantly on the lookout for new and innovative ideas, so we can stay abreast of emerging trends in research with the potential to increase the impact of our funding. Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation supports research that accelerates the advancement of less toxic treatments for isolated cancers and tumors with precision proton beam therapy and prevention of the spread of cancer with targeted immunotherapy drugs. You may ask why our focus is on these two forms of cancer treatments?
Immunotherapy targeted drugs
While immunotherapy prescribed medications are fairly new, thanks to research funding and clinical trials immunotherapy drugs are already becoming the new standard of cancer treatment. Immunotherapy continues to represent the greatest hope for those diagnosed with cancer and our investments will continue to expand in this area. These drugs are targeted to the unique genetics of each tumor and individual. The targeted drugs block or switch off and/or attach to the cancer cells and leave the healthy cells untouched, unlike traditional chemotherapy. This results in better cancer control, prevention and ultimately, a better quality of life.
Precision Targeted Beam Proton Therapy
Technology advancements from when radiologists developed treatment plans on x-ray films are now intricate computerized proton targeted treatments directed at the cancer tumor. The advancements allow radiologists to tailor the radiation beam down to the size of a pencil lead to minimize the risk of damage to healthy tissue, improve survival, and minimize potential serious side effects of traditional radiation treatment.
Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Project
June 2017 the Foundation launched a Request for Applications for pediatric cancer research with features of the research:
- Three year award, $200,000 each year
- Funding for pre-clinical/translational research that supports new approaches to immunotherapy and immune-prevention of childhood cancer
- Research applicable to human beings in a five year time frame
Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation is committed to a future where resources are accessible to individuals and families coping with cancer. Our National Charity of Choice Program as part of our Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer Program increases awareness of cancer and local resources in the fight against cancer.
- Since October 2016, the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation is donating 20% of net proceeds from Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer Events to local cancer charities selected by Sk8 hosts and their committees;
- This program links local cancer resources with the local community.