The idea to do something to help battle cancer has always been on John Stone's mind.
The vice president of the White Rose Figure Skating Club is now even more motivated to join the fight against the dreaded disease.
That's because one of the figure skating club’s former standouts, Adriene Ott, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma earlier this year. As a professional skater with a well-known touring company, Ott took a sabbatical away from her profession to take care of her health.
The news of Ott’s condition helped spur Stone into action.
“We’ve tossed the idea of doing a benefit for cancer research around for about a year,” Stone said. “My wife’s mother is a 40-plus-year cancer survivor and you kind of think about doing something, but it doesn’t happen for one reason or another. And then Adriene came back about two months ago and I thought it was a fitting time to start to do something.”
Partnering with Hamilton: It didn’t take long for Stone’s plans to blossom. Stone was able to gain a partnership with The Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation to host a day of celebration on Friday, Sept. 27, at the York City Ice Arena.
The event, dubbed "SK8 to ELIMIN8 CANCER," will feature more than six hours of events, including a public skate, skating instructions, figure skating and hockey exhibitions and a meet-and-greet with the legendary Hamilton himself. The former four-time U.S. champ (1981-84), four-time world champ (1981-84) and 1984 Olympic gold medalist will also give a presentation as well as emcee much of the event.
“Scott’s foundation does fundraisers all over the country,” Stone said. “I contacted them and they got back to me very quickly.”
The cancer fight in near and dear to Hamilton. He lost his mother to cancer.
Personally, he overcame testicular cancer in 1997. He then suffered brain tumors in 2004, 2010 and 2016.
Hamilton also overcame a childhood illness that stunted his growth to become an Olympic champion.
"Night of celebration:" Stone reached out to the management at the York City Ice Arena to figure out a date to hold what Stone refers to as a "night of celebration."
The reason that Stone is calling it a "night of celebration" is that the night will be the conclusion to all of the fundraising events that are going on right now. The official goal for the benefit is to raise at least $25,000 that will be shared between The Scott Hamilton Foundation as well as with the local recipient, the WellSpan York Cancer Center.
Thus far, more than $4,000 has been raised.
Supporting Ott: Stone is especially proud that Ott will be able to choose where to send the funds attributed to WellSpan, where she is in the midst of chemotherapy treatments.
“We just wanted to support Adriene, who is our local girl and grew up in York and was a member of the White Rose Figure Skating Club,” Stone said. “And maybe to get some new people to the York Ice Arena and get them back.”
Those interested in donating can visit the event’s fundraising page at www.mysk8.org/YorkPA2019 to contribute.
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