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Real People with Rudy: Olympian Scott Hamilton says faith got him through tough times

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Scott Hamilton is one of this country’s greatest Olympic gold medalists in skating, but he also survived cancer and, just recently, his third battle with a brain tumor.

“Yeah, I believe in miracle. One-hundred percent I believe in miracles,” Hamilton said.

There’s no pretense in Hamilton. He’s been through too much in his life.

When he was 18, Hamilton watched his mother die of cancer.

“And it was only in the loss of my mother did I figure out that I need to honor her in everything that I do,” he said.

And that everything was skating.

In 1984, Hamilton captured Olympic gold with a mesmerizing performance, but it wasn’t enough.

“Ever see that ceremony? I was crying,” Hamilton said. “Yeah, I’m glad, I’m happy, I’m relieved, but I’m devastated that my mom wasn’t there to see it. I’m sad that the journey is over now. I’m lost because who am I now?”

In 1997, it was Hamilton’s turn: testicular cancer requiring radical chemotherapy.

“If I hadn’t gotten cancer, I would have continued the life that I was living,” he said.

In 2004, he was blinded by a benign but aggressive brain tumor that required surgery. It returned in 2010 and then again last August.

“Once you experience something twice and you’re on the other side of it and you throw cancer on top of that and get through that, it’s like this too shall pass. I can get through this,” said Channel 4’s Rudy Kalis.

“I’m here to talk about the gala,” Hamilton said.

During his third battle with the tumor, Hamilton promoted and staged his star-studded Scott Hamilton and Friends skating concert at Bridgestone Arena last November. The event benefits his Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation to fight cancer.

The event is returning this year on Nov. 19.

“And then I go in for my appointment and they go, ‘Good news.’ And I go, ‘What?’ And they go, ‘It shrank. They don’t shrink.’ And I go, ‘Can you explain that?’ And my surgeon, he just chuckled and said, ‘God.’ And I just burst into tears,” Hamilton said.

“There’s this pain, but in all this I see the Lord in all of this now. I do this Cares program because I don’t want another 18-year-old kids to have to say goodbye to their mom,” Hamilton added.

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