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October 9, 2018

The Huntsman Cancer Foundation gala took place September 20, 2018.  It was a triumph of hope over cancer.  Not only did we double the amount of funds raised at this year’s gala, but Dr. Beckerle, CEO of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), wowed the audience when she discussed research strides and specifically, when she described how HCI is taking care of cancer patients.  The pace of discovery is so rapid, that cancers that would have been incurable just a short time ago, are now being cured.

The biggest news of the evening was our announcement that Huntsman Cancer Foundation has secured $40 million to create the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers.  This center will increase our clinical care capacity by 50%.  It increases the region’s only cancer specialty hospital space by 100,000 square feet, adds 50 new inpatient hospital rooms, and expands our Wellness and Survivorship programs.  It will cost $80 million to construct. 

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This announcement comes just one year after the dedication of the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center, which doubled research capacity.  The hospital expansion illustrates our commitment to work tirelessly to make sure that cancer will become a thing of the past, and that until it is eradicated, we will provide to our patients the best and most compassionate care possible. 

The pace of progress has been breathtaking.  In 1999, we dedicated our first phase of the cancer campus with the opening of a state-of-the-art research facility and outpatient clinics.  In the intervening years, we have grown by adding a cancer specialty hospital which was dedicated in 2004 and then doubled in size in 2011.  On June 21, 2017, (Jon M. Huntsman’s 80th birthday) we dedicated the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center. 

We are humbled by and grateful for the support that so many have given to make Huntsman Cancer Institute a formidable foe in the cancer fight. This latest expansion reflects Phase V of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI).  It is being planned because our hospital is always full.  Our facilities are stunningly beautiful and designed to inspire and soothe our patients and families.  They also contain the most up-to-date technologies available to support research, foster scientific discovery, and quickly move the best treatments from laboratory bench to patient bedside.

Our founder is smiling down upon us.  He is confident that we will carry on.  With your support, we will.

With gratitude,

Susan Sheehan
President and COO
Huntsman Cancer Foundation