Apr 07, 2022 12:00 PM

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Author: Garrett Harding

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The American Cancer Society has awarded $50,000 in transportation and lodging grant funding to Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah (U of U) to alleviate costs for cancer patients.

“We are so grateful to the American Cancer Society, who is an invaluable partner, for their generous gift to support patients and loved ones with transportation-related needs,” says Amy Horyna, MSW, manager of patient and family support at Huntsman Cancer Institute. “Many of our patients travel great distances across Utah and the Mountain West to receive treatment, attend clinical appointments, and participate in clinical trials. A cancer diagnosis is challenging in so many ways, and transportation should not be an obstacle to access life-saving cancer treatment. This gift will make a huge difference by allowing us to deliver assistance directly to patients who need it most.”

In addition to Huntsman Cancer Institute, an additional 250 health systems received grant funding. Based on assistance provided through previous funding, these grants will provide more than 228,000 rides for nearly 17,000 people in treatment and over 9,000 nights of free lodging.  

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About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. We invest in lifesaving research, provide 24/7 information and support, and work to ensure that individuals in every community have access to cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. For more information, visit cancer.org.

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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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