Hunt for the cure

The Huntsman Cancer Foundation received two major donations this past week as it prepared for the dedication of its new cancer hospital, which opens July 1.

Larry H. Miller, owner of the Utah Jazz, and Ira A. Fulton, a prominent Arizona businessman, each pledged $10 million to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, said David Huntsman, HCF president.

The HCF is a freestanding charitable organization that provides financial support to the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The donations of Miller and Fulton will support cancer research and care at HCI, Huntsman said.

Miller, who has donated money to several nonprofit organizations in the past, also owns KJZZ-TV, the Delta Center and the Larry H. Miller Group, with 40 car dealerships in six states, among other ventures.

“Larry Miller is a giant in business, entertainment and sports,” Huntsman said. “His support of cancer research and patient care is another example of his commitment to this community and to alleviating the suffering of others.”

“Huntsman Cancer Institute is an incredible resource for this community, and Jon Huntsman has carried the ball alone for far too long,” Miller said.”Gail and I are proud to join him in his battle against this deadly disease. He told me once he wanted to wipe out cancer in his lifetime. That’s a tall order, but he dreams big, and he makes others believe in his dreams,” Miller added.

Although cancer has not directly affected Miller and his family, he said, “If you look at the number of Americans who are [affected], it’s only a matter of time.”

According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 1,500 people dying from the disease every day.

Fulton is president and CEO of Fulton Homes, one of the largest home construction companies in Arizona.Fulton Homes donates 50 percent of its profits to education, health and family services.

“Ira A. Fulton is a generous man who cares about helping people,” Huntsman said.

“We are proud to join Jon Huntsman in his support of this wonderful facility,” Fulton said.”Huntsman Cancer Institute represents hope to cancer patients and their families throughout the country. We are grateful for the opportunity to assist in this great work,” Fulton added.

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