Jul 01, 2019 9:00 AM


a group of Sigma Chi members at Huntsman Cancer Institute

Last week, Sigma Chi International Fraternity announced a new $20-million pledge to Huntsman Cancer Foundation (HCF), dedicated to and used for women’s cancer research, treatment and wellness at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). The announcement came during the fraternity’s biennial Grand Chapter conference in Salt Lake City. This pledge follows an $11 million pledge made in 2015, the largest to date in the history of men’s fraternities.

This September, HCI will break ground on the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers. Set to open its doors in 2022, this expansion will increase inpatient capacity by 50%, double the wellness and survivorship services, and include “one-stop” screening and treatment services for women’s cancers. 

“Sigma Chi International Fraternity is proud of our philanthropic partnership with Huntsman Cancer Foundation,” said Tommy Geddings, Sigma Chi Grand Consul, “We believe in our mantra – we are the generation to end cancer – and we are excited to be supporting women’s cancer research, treatment and wellness with this $20 million pledge.”

Since 2005, HCF has been the preferred philanthropic partner for Sigma Chi International Fraternity. Since that time, Sigma Chi chapters across North America have raised more than $10 million for cancer research at HCI.  For the 2018-2019 school year, chapters raised $2.2 million, the highest yearly total to date.

“Sigma Chis are proving today that fraternity is not just about socializing – it’s about something so much more than that,” said David Huntsman, Significant Sig, PENNSYLVANIA 1992, “And through their support of HCI, Sigma Chis are proving that they truly can have an impact on lives not only all around the country, but all around the world.”

One out of three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Sigma Chi fundraising relies on partnerships with campus sororities to help in its fundraising efforts each year. This pledge is an acknowledgement of the importance of the role of women in their lives and in their fundraising efforts.

“These young men and women give me optimism about the future,” said Susan Sheehan, President & COO of HCF, “They have already used their collective power to raise more than $10 million for cancer research. And they are just getting started. This is truly remarkable and we are grateful.”

More than 240 chapters participate in fundraising efforts each year centering around a “Derby Days” week of Sigma Chi chapter-sponsored activities. 

About Sigma Chi International Fraternity
Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 238 universities and colleges and more than 250,000 alumni members. Sigma Chi provides a welcoming environment for young men of different temperaments, talents and convictions to enjoy a unique lifelong bond that extends far beyond college. Through world-class leadership training, extensive mentoring programs, and a strong focus on academic achievement, Sigma Chi sets itself apart as the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization, challenging its members to live by its core values and exemplify character-in-action™ in every aspect of their lives, and the lives of others.

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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.