Feb 08, 2018 7:00 PM

SALT LAKE CITY – A new lighting installation at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah honors Jon M. Huntsman’s enduring impact on cancer research and care. The installation, called ‘The Beacon of Hope’ is located within an architectural feature on the west façade of the original HCI research building, and is viewable from the exterior of the building. The newly-designed installation will be lit for the first time at sunset on Friday, February 9, to commemorate weekend memorial services for Huntsman. 

The Beacon of Hope was a concept originally proposed by Huntsman. He envisioned a shaft of light emanating from the cancer center each night, creating a beacon that symbolized HCI’s commitment to continue its work to advance cancer research until Huntsman’s ultimate goal is achieved and cancer is cured.

“Jon M. Huntsman started a movement that completely transformed the landscape for cancer research and care in Utah and beyond,” says Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO and Director of HCI. “This new installation will remind us of how Jon inspired millions to band together against this disease. Here at HCI, we are recommitting ourselves to continue what he started. We will not rest until cancer is defeated.”

The Beacon of Hope installation was overseen by Jacobsen Construction Company under the direction of John Wright, project manager; designed by Architectural Nexus; installed by Next Generation Lighting; and manufactured by Taylor Electric. Upon learning of Mr. Huntsman’s death last week, these groups worked with HCI to develop this new lighting feature to honor the impact of HCI’s founder.

Mr. Huntsman passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018, at the age of 80. A public memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 10.

The Beacon of Hope will be lit from sunset to sunrise beginning February 9. Future improvements planned for the installation will make the new feature visible in clear weather conditions as far as Interstate 15 on the northwest side of Salt Lake City.

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About Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

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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