Huntsman Cancer Institute installs new lighting to honor Jon M. Huntsman

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – A new lighting installation at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah honors Jon M. Huntsman’s impact on cancer research and care.

The installation, called ‘The Beacon of Hope’ is located within an architectural feature on the west façade of the original HCI research building, and is viewable from the exterior of the building. The newly-designed installation will be lit for the first time at sunset on Friday, February 9, to commemorate weekend memorial services for Huntsman.

The Beacon of Hope was a concept originally proposed by Huntsman. He envisioned a shaft of light emanating from the cancer center each night, creating a beacon that symbolized HCI’s commitment to continue its work to advance cancer research until Huntsman’s ultimate goal is achieved and cancer is cured.

“Jon M. Huntsman started a movement that completely transformed the landscape for cancer research and care in Utah and beyond,” says Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO and Director of HCI. “This new installation will remind us of how Jon inspired millions to band together against this disease. Here at HCI, we are recommitting ourselves to continue what he started. We will not rest until cancer is defeated.”

Huntsman died Friday, February 2, 2018, at the age of 80. A public memorial service is planned for Saturday, February 10.

The Beacon of Hope will be lit from sunset to sunrise beginning February 9.

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