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In the fight against cancer, HOPE is our most important tool.

I ride with the word HOPE in large letters on the back of my cycling jersey promoting the Huntsman Cancer Institute. I hope my efforts will help the Huntsman researchers make a difference in the fight against cancer. Jodi and I have many family members and close personal friends whose lives have been drastically impacted by cancer. We are writing to ask for your support in our efforts to raise funds for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Our goal is to help raise $5,000 for the institute. The donation links are at the bottom of this email.

We thank those who have donated in the past and recognize many of you give every year. We thank you for your ongoing support for this worthy cause.

Thanks to supporters like you, HCI continues to be the world leader in cancer genetics. No matter where they live, cancer patients and their families benefit from HCI's research. More inherited genes have been discovered by researchers at HCI than at any other institute in the world. These include genes responsible for:

Breast Cancer
Colon Cancer
Head and Neck Cancers
Ovarian Cancers
Our last, best hope.

At any given time, 215 or more clinical trials are underway. HCI hunts for targeted therapies against cancer. Dozens of new treatments have become available as a "best, last hope" for people battling late stage cancers. Last year alone, HCI was able to offer dozens of new cancer treatments to patients who have been told their prognosis is terminal through our Phase I clinical trials.

Finding the best treatment for each person.

HCI is better positioned than any other cancer center in the world to deliver on the promise of personalized medicine. HCI manages and operates the Utah Population Database, the largest resource of its kind anywhere. This information helps researchers look for genetic patterns of cancer and identify risk.

One of the new and exciting developments at HCI is the Children’s and Families’ Research Expansion scheduled to open this spring. The new wing is a 220,000 sq. ft. expansion and when combined with the HCI, the research space will be almost one mile of linear research bench space.

Research within the new space will hone in on childhood cancers – including the three leading causes of disease death in children: leukemia, sarcoma, and brain cancer, as well as inherited forms of cancer that can ravage entire families. This research will be facilitated and enhanced by a Biotechnology Center with the latest advanced genetic sequencing and imaging equipment.

“This additional research space is absolutely essential to HCI’s mission to relieve the suffering of cancer patients through understanding cancer and bringing that understanding to bear in the development of new and better treatments,” Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO and director of HCI, said. “When the war on cancer was launched in 1971, it was unfathomable even to imagine what is possible today. Building on our strong foundation of achievement in cancer genetics, risk assessment, and prevention, the new facility will allow us to expand in areas of critical need and will dramatically accelerate our progress.”

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