Jun 21, 2016 11:00 AM

His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with HCI leaders and patients
His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with HCI leaders and patients

SALT LAKE CITY—His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet met with patients and leaders of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and the University of Utah during a brief visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute today, Tuesday, June 21.  His visit coincides with his appearance later in the afternoon at the University’s Jon M. Huntsman Center where he will speak about compassion and universal responsibility.

Mary Beckerle, HCI’s CEO and Director; University of Utah President David Pershing; and Vivian Lee, CEO of University of Utah Health Care, Senior VP for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine greeted His Holiness when he arrived at HCI and escorted him to the G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center where he met with several patients.

Emma Houston, an HCI breast cancer survivor, said, “It was my pleasure to be in the presence of His Holiness and to physically feel peace and harmony as he shared his thoughts on teaching human values and inner happiness.”

His Holiness will speak at the Huntsman Center at 1:30 p.m.

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Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah is the official cancer center of Utah and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West. The campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital and two buildings dedicated to cancer research. Huntsman Cancer Institute provides patient care, cancer screening, and education at community clinics and affiliate hospitals throughout the Mountain West. It is consistently recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The region’s first proton therapy center opened in 2021 and a major hospital expansion is underway. Huntsman Cancer Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment for staff, students, patients, and communities. Advancing cancer research discoveries and treatments to meet the needs of patients who live far away from a major medical center is a unique focus. More genes for inherited cancers have been discovered at Huntsman Cancer Institute than at any other cancer center, including genes responsible for breast, ovarian, colon, head and neck cancers, and melanoma. Huntsman Cancer Institute was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.

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