Philanthropy

Hunts­man Can­cer Institute

At the Sigma Chi 150th anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tion in 2005, the Fra­ter­nity announced that the Hunts­man Can­cer Insti­tute (HCI) was cho­sen to be one of its pre­ferred char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tions, in addi­tion to Children’s Mir­a­cle Net­work Hos­pi­tals. In Decem­ber 2012, Sigma Chi des­ig­nated the Hunts­man Can­cer Foun­da­tion as its sole pre­ferred phil­an­thropic partner.

Founded by Sig­nif­i­cant Sig and Order of Con­stan­tine Sig Jon M. Hunts­man Sr., PENNSYLVANIA 1959, the Hunts­man Can­cer Insti­tute is ded­i­cated to find­ing the causes of can­cer, devel­op­ing new and bet­ter treat­ments, and pre­vent­ing peo­ple from ever devel­op­ing can­cer. The Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion esti­mates that 567,628 Amer­i­cans were killed by can­cer in 2009 — 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 into safer and more effec­tive treat­ments. HCI was cho­sen as Sigma Chi’s pre­ferred phil­an­thropy 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 1:2 devel­op­ing the dis­ease; for women, the risk is 1:3.

Jon Hunts­man has him­self donated more than $350 mil­lion toward can­cer research, and now chal­lenges his broth­ers to aid in his efforts.

For more infor­ma­tion please visit the HCI web­site, or con­tact Lori Kun at (801) 584‑5808. The institute’s mail­ing address is 2000 Cir­cle of Hope, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.

As of Jan­u­ary 2013, Sigma Chi alumni and under­grad­u­ate chap­ters have raised more than $950,000 ben­e­fit­ing research at the Hunts­man Can­cer Institute.

 

Derby Days and the Derby Challenge

The most basic mis­sion of Derby Days is to serve the com­mu­nity. Since the birth of our Fra­ter­nity, Sigma Chis have endeav­ored to give back to the world. Because Derby Days affords each chap­ter with a unique oppor­tu­nity to pos­i­tively impact the com­mu­nity, Derby Days are highly pub­li­cized events that often draw media atten­tion. Thus, it is imper­a­tive that the actions of each brother dur­ing Derby Days reflect our true goals. Let the mis­sion of Derby Days pro­vide the foun­da­tion for each event and gov­ern your every action before, dur­ing and fol­low­ing Derby Days.