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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Ashlee Bright
Public Relations – Huntsman Cancer Institute

About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is the official cancer center of Utah. The cancer campus includes a state-of-the-art cancer specialty hospital as well as two buildings dedicated to cancer research. HCI treats patients with all forms of cancer and is recognized among the best cancer hospitals in the country by U.S. News and World Report. As the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Mountain West, HCI serves the largest geographic region in the country, drawing patients from Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. More genes for inherited cancers have been discovered at HCI than at any other cancer center in the world, including genes responsible for hereditary breast, ovarian, colon, head, and neck cancers, along with melanoma. HCI manages the Utah Population Database, the largest genetic database in the world, with information on more than 11 million people linked to genealogies, health records, and vital statistics. HCI was founded by Jon M. and Karen Huntsman.

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