This year alone, about 563,700 Americans are expected to die of cancer – more than 1,500 people a day. In an effort to cure this epidemic, Huntsman founded HCI to focus on understanding cancer from its very beginnings and to translate this knowledge to safer and more effective treatments.
HCI was chosen as a Sigma Chi preferred charity because many Sigs and their families have been directly affected by cancer, the second leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, men have an approximate lifetime risk of 1 in 2 developing the disease; for women, the risk is 1 in 3.
MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER:
Huntsman Cancer Institute began with the idea that it is possible to defeat cancer.
A notoriously dreadful illness, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. It strikes regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, or age.
Our idea was ambitious and our challenge formidable, but our commitment is steadfast. We have built an institute that unites the world’s best scientists and physicians to conquer cancer.
Our researchers are trailblazers. Their ideas begin with a hypothesis, informed by years of experience, about a better way to approach cancer. They are challenged to think beyond the standard of care that exists today to how their science can raise the bar for the cancer care of tomorrow.
-Jon M. Huntsman