Athletes who compete in the Huntsman World Senior Games are a unique group of people. They are healthy seniors who lead the way in their families and communities when it comes to health and wellness and active aging. You could very easily add generous to that list of characteristics as well.
For more than a decade and half, the athletes of the Games have had, and taken full advantage of, the opportunity to make voluntary donations to the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) as they registered for the Games themselves. Over the years, on average, that generosity has added up to a dollar an athlete annually. In 2017, athletes donated over $10,600 and since 2003 the total amount adds up to nearly $140,000.
These donations go to help fund cancer research and treatments that according to HCI is helping to work toward the goal of eradicating cancer all together. Thanks to donor funded research, many forms of cancer are now prevented entirely or diagnosed in their earliest, most treatable stages. New treatments and interventions are being discovered for advanced cancers that will not only add precious time to those suffering with this debilitating disease but will also increase the quality of life during treatment.
“I’m amazed and humbled by our athlete’s generosity. I love being associated with these great individuals,” said Kyle M Case, CEO for the Games. “Our athletes really are some of the best people you’ll find anywhere.”
In 2018, athletes at the Huntsman World Senior Games will once again have the opportunity to donate to the Huntsman Cancer Institute when they register for the Games.
The Huntsman World Senior Games is the largest annual multi-sport event in the world for athletes age 50 and better. Each year, nearly 11,000 athletes compete in St. George, Utah, USA, in one of 30 different sports. For more information on the Games visit www.seniorgames.net.
Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah is a cancer research and treatment center. HCI is a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, which means it meets the highest standards for cancer care and research and receives support for its scientific endeavors. HCI is also a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), a not-for-profit alliance of the world’s leading cancer centers. NCCN is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. For more information, visit www.huntsmancancer.org.