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In 1995, the Huntsman family started Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF) to ensure the future of cutting-edge research at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Huntsman Cancer Institute is the region’s only National Cancer Institute–Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and cancer specialty hospital. It is not owned by the Huntsman family, but rather is a gift to the citizens of Utah and beyond, and 100% owned by the state of Utah. In 2005, Huntsman Cancer Institute was named the official cancer center of the state of Utah.

HCF's sole purpose is to raise funds to support the mission of Huntsman Cancer Institute and is dedicated to ensuring excellence in these endeavors through the development and prudent stewardship of private resources. All Huntsman Cancer Institute fundraising initiatives happen through HCF, which is a public, functionally integrated, Type III 501(c)(3) organization.

Get Involved

One family cannot do it alone, which is why HCF relies on the generosity of individuals, corporations, and community groups. Thanks to the ongoing generosity of the Huntsman Family, 100% of your donation(s) further the treatment, education, and research being conducted at Huntsman Cancer Institute.

HCF offers a variety of ways for individuals and organizations to support cancer research.

"No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down to lift another up."

— Jon M. Huntsman

Make a Donation

Individuals and organizations can contribute to cancer research by making a donation. Donations can be designated to support the areas of greatest need, a grateful patient or family, or a specific cancer type. 


Through our Huntsman Heroes program, individuals and teams run, walk, ride, and fundraise while participating in events from 5Ks and marathons to 140-mile bike rides. Other events include the Annual Gala and various community partner events held throughout the year.

Other Ways to Give

HCF offers a variety of giving opportunities:

  • Donate a car, boat, or RV
  • Purchase the Huntsman Cancer Institute awareness license plate
  • Participate in employee giving programs at your place of work
  • Give through stock, property, or estate plans
  • Purchase a brick on the Walk of Hope

How to Volunteer

The many HCF events wouldn't be possible without our amazing volunteers! From Park City PowderFest in March, to the Huntsman SportsFest in June, to our Annual Gala, we welcome people who can share their time and energy with us. As a volunteer, you're helping to fund the lifesaving work at Huntsman Cancer Institute. If you're interested in joining our outstanding community of volunteers, please contact us.

Donor Recognition

In addition to a letter of thanks, individuals and organizations who give in support of the work of Huntsman Cancer Institute can also be recognized in a variety of ways. Recognition on permanent, prominently displayed donor scrolls placed in Huntsman Cancer Institute and hospital begins at $2,500.

Named Spaces

HCF gives donors the opportunity to name any available room or facility at Huntsman Cancer Institute to honor their loved ones—or even themselves. Naming opportunities start at $10,000 and go up progressively from there.

Stay in Touch

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Messages from the President

Huntsman SportsFest and the Power of Uniting for a Shared Cause

July 10, 2023

Huntsman SportsFest reminded me of my first University of Utah football game. I was enthralled. There’s energy and strength in being united and having a common purpose. Football is one thing—cancer is entirely another. It demands the power of people coming together, and that power fuels hope. That’s what SportsFest is all about. On June 10, the energy was tangible, and the feelings were tender. And there’s no greater purpose than a cancer-free future.

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After 19 Years, I’m Retiring. Here’s How I Measure Success.

Dec 12, 2022

As the year comes to a close, we turn introspective and draw close to our loved ones. Loved ones include all of you—our loyal, generous supporters. I want to let you know of my decision to retire. For now, all that I might claim as an accomplishment is the collective work of everyone at the institute and foundation, and within our committed donor community. And that’s the point, isn’t it? We all have worked hard to establish something better than anyone could have accomplished alone.

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Mom’s Breast Cancer Diagnosis Sparks Researcher’s Passion

Oct 10, 2022

Katherine (K-T) Varley, PhD, was 15 when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. When doctors couldn’t answer all of her family’s questions, she wondered how something so important could be unknown. Now, Varley is a world-class expert expanding such knowledge. We’re incredibly grateful for her work to advance cancer screening and treatment—and for people like you who support her.

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