Feb 02, 2018 4:00 PM

Statement from Huntsman Cancer Foundation:

We express our heartfelt and sincere condolences to the Jon M. Huntsman family on the loss of our founder, mentor, and friend, Jon M. Huntsman.

Jon Huntsman established the Huntsman Cancer Foundation in 1995 to bring to reality a vision to ease the suffering of those carrying the heavy burden of cancer. He guided the creation of a world-class, and world-renowned cancer institute. From the first gift he and Karen Huntsman made in 1993, to the recent pledge of an additional $120 million, Jon Huntsman and his family have demonstrated a singular clarity of focus about what was needed for our State and region to battle this dreaded disease.

Mr. Huntsman did not just create a cancer institute. He created a movement that stands as a dare to cancer. Today, more than 1 million donors have joined in this quest to eradicate cancer from the face of the earth by supporting Huntsman Cancer Institute. With 1 mile of linear bench space in the state-of-the-art laboratories, an internationally renowned team of researchers are working tirelessly to find better ways to prevent, treat, and cure cancer. In addition to research, hundreds more, including clinicians, nurses, social workers, and others, work every day to compassionately care for people with cancer. Thousands more learn about cancer prevention through education and outreach provided by the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Last year alone, more than 125,000 patient treatments were provided at HCI. This past year, Jon Huntsman took steps to assure that there would be continued growth and focus for well into the future. And even earlier, Mr. Huntsman was preparing for the future. On July 1, 2015, Peter Huntsman, his son, was named CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Additionally, on that same date, Susan Sheehan was named President and COO.

Peter Huntsman stated, “The most effective way to honor our founder and chairman is to carry on his passion and vision until we accomplish our objective, the eradication of cancer.” Mrs. Sheehan added, “We look forward to the continued support and working with our over 1 million contributors around the world. With the foundation Mr. Huntsman built, we are making more progress than ever before.”

Statement from Mary Beckerle, Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO and Director:

“Jon M. Huntsman was a great man who led a profoundly inspiring life. Other than his family, his goal to eradicate cancer from the face of the earth was the greatest passion of his life. 

He has left this world knowing that all of us are equally committed to this goal and to the founding principles of Huntsman Cancer Institute: The Patient First, United Effort, and Excellence in All We Do.

I can still hear Mr. Huntsman’s words: “Cancer moves fast…and we have to move faster.”

Together, we can best honor Mr. Huntsman and contribute to his legacy by committing to work ever faster to advance the mission of the great Institute that bears his name, to provide hope and healing to all who are impacted by this disease.”

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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.

Cancer touches all of us.

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