Sigma Chi International Fraternity Makes $10 Million Commitment To Cancer Research At Huntsman Cancer Institute
Published: Jun 15, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Sigma Chi International Fraternity today announced a seven-year, $10 million fundraising commitment in support of its national philanthropic partner Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). In honor of this commitment, HCI named the sixth floor of Huntsman Cancer Hospital at HCI, The Sigma Chi International Fraternity Sixth Floor. This floor features a gourmet cafeteria, multipurpose room for wellness and religious services, a cancer learning center, as well as a sky bridge connecting the research facility to the hospital.
“This gift represents huge efforts across campuses in North America”
“Everyone who walks through our doors and onto this floor will know that an entire generation is working on their behalf to beat this horrible disease,” said Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., HCI founder and chief benefactor, as well as a Sigma Chi. “To our researchers, patients, and caregivers, this will be a reminder that young people all around the United States and Canada are pulling for them.”
More than 85 Sigma Chis were present at the announcement, which took place on the sixth floor of HCI, including Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.; Huntsman Cancer Foundation CEO David Huntsman; Grand Consul of Sigma Chi Fraternity Michael Greenberg; Brandon Plewe, HCI patient and Sigma Chi member; 50 undergraduate representatives from Sigma Chi chapters around North America; and the top 20 fundraising chapters of Sigma Chi, named “The $20K Club.”
“The Sigma Chi International Fraternity Sixth Floor is a healing space for patients and their families, reinforcing our values of friendship, justice and learning,” said Greenberg. “We believe this is the generation to end cancer and we believe Huntsman Cancer Institute is the place to make this happen.” “This gift represents huge efforts across campuses in North America,” said Plewe. “I am proud that our fraternity has dedicated its efforts to people like me and this place that gave me a fighting chance.”
The partnership between Sigma Chi and HCI has seen incredible growth since 2005, when HCI was named a preferred charity for the fraternity. In 2013, Huntsman Cancer Foundation was named the sole philanthropic partner of Sigma Chi. To date, Sigma Chi has raised more than $3 million for cancer research at HCI.
History of HCI Funds Raised by Sigma Chi
About Sigma Chi
Sigma Chi is one of the largest collegiate fraternities with undergraduate chapters at 243 universities and colleges and more than 241,000 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.
About Huntsman Cancer Institute
The mission of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at The University of Utah is to understand cancer from its beginnings, to use that knowledge in the creation and improvement of cancer treatments, to relieve the suffering of cancer patients, and to provide education about cancer risk, prevention, and care. HCI is a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, which means that it meets the highest national standards for world-class, state-of-the-art programs in multidisciplinary cancer research and receives support for its scientific endeavors. HCI is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a not-for-profit alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer.
Huntsman Cancer Foundation
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