Huntsman Cancer Institute

Mountain Living with a Purpose: A Community Where Philanthropy is a Way of Life

Institute-scientists For the Huntsman family, philanthropy is as much a part of life as was the business they built over a span of four decades. Jon Huntsman, Sr. is widely recognized as one of America’s foremost-concerned citizens and philanthropists.

In 1995, Jon and Karen Huntsman founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. The Institute is now one of America’s major cancer centers dedicated to finding a cure. The combined facility features cutting-edge research laboratories and a state-of-the-art hospital treating cancer patients. The center is currently undergoing a $105 million expansion that will double the laboratory space and create the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center, which will focus exclusively on inherited and childhood cancers.

Jon Huntsman, a three-time cancer survivor, is dedicated to finding a cure for the disease that took his mother, father and stepmother. He tries to visit patients at the Institute weekly to support them in their individual struggles. Huntsman comes away from each visit with strengthened resolve to do everything possible to eradicate the disease.