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Carnegie Philanthropy Medal Awardee: Jon M. Huntsman Sr.


At the end of August, eight recipients of the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy were announced by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for the most charitable and visionary philanthropists in America. One of those recipients is Jon M. Huntsman founder of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Given on behalf of the International Consortium of Carnegie Institutions, the award is given to those who embody the spirit of giving set forth by Andrew Carnegie and have had a significant and lasting impact on a particular field, nation or international community. The award was established in 2001 to mark the centennial of Andrew Carnegie's retirement from business and the start of his career as a philanthropist whose goal was in doing "real and permanent good in this world."

Jon M. Huntsman, Sr. is the founder and executive chairman of the Huntsman Corporationa global manufacturer of specialty chemicals. He is also widely recognized as one of America's foremost philanthropists. Mr. Huntsman focuses his giving on higher education, the rebuilding of Armenia after its devastating earthquake, homelessness, hunger and abused women and children.

In 1993, Mr. Huntsman and his wife, Karen, founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute, which became a major focus of their giving. The Institute was created to accelerate the work of curing cancer through human genetics and is one of America's few National Cancer Institute (NCI) - designated Comprehensive cancer centers with leading edge research laboratories, a hospital, outpatient clinics, an education center and last but not least, the world's largest genetic database.

Huntsman Cancer Institute is an NCI-designated cancer research facility and hospital located on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, and meets the highest standards for cancer care and research. HCI serves cancer patients throughout the Intermountain West and provides academic and clinical training for future physicians and researchers. For more information about the Huntsman Cancer Institute, please visit