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8 Things You Should Know About VLCM Foundation

1. All monetary and goods donations to VLCM Foundation are tax deductible.

Because VLCM Foundation has been designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you itemize your...

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Huntsman Cancer Foundation Supports the New Huntsman Golf Classic, Hosted by VLCM Foundation

 

 

Hello,

Since 2002, dubbed "The Most Meaningful Golf You Can Play," the Huntsman Golf Classic has raised over $7.5 million for cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). It is our...

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Guide to the 2019 Huntsman Golf Classic

So you’re interested in the golf tournament. Or, maybe you’ve already registered. What now? Here’s your quick guide to how the tournament works, complete with photos from past tournaments.

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#ThrowbackThursday Golf Tournament Video

 In 2017, we had this cool little video made that explains a little bit about our golf tournament and why we started doing it. You'll hear from a broad range of people and get the chance to see...

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Huntsman Cancer Foundation and VLCM Foundation Golf Tournaments Merge Under VLCM Foundation's Direction

 

 

Huntsman Cancer Foundation has asked VLCM Foundation to take over management of its Huntsman Golf Classic--a proposition which we've gladly accepted. We've chosen to merge the Huntsman...

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HCI and U Researchers Help Create Genetic Database to Aid Doctors

Recently, Huntsman Cancer Institute and University of Utah researchers Sean Tavtigian and David Goldgar were involved in a global project to compile as much data as possible on variants of two...

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DLL Group is VLCM Foundation's 2018 Donor of the Year

 

 

This year, we'd like to begin recognizing individuals and companies in our community who've shown themselves to be especially dedicated to the purpose of eradicating cancer with us. As such,...
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Where Do Donations to VLCM Foundation Go?

 

 

All donations to VLCM Foundation go to Huntsman Cancer Institute. In the past, we have opted to let administrators at the institute decide what the money should be spent on. In 2018, we had a...

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2019 Will Be VLCM Foundation's $1 Million Year

 

 

Since its beginnings in 2007, VLCM Foundation has raised a total of $983,234.77 for cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute. The donations committed for 2019 so far will put us over $1...

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HCI Researchers Launch Study to Improve Exercise in Lung Cancer Patients

 

 

As we've talked about before, lung cancer is a particularly deadly form of cancer. In some types of lung cancer, surgery has greatly improved survival. However, surgery can be very hard on a...

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Why is so much cancer research done in mice?

 

 

This is a common question when it comes to cancer research. And mice aren't the only organisms besides humans used to understand cancer.

As it turns out, not all research can be ethically or...

VLCM Foundation Offers Donors the Chance to Tour HCI

 

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Got questions about cancer?

Okay, this week's post is going to be a bit different than usual.

My name is Elise Bailey, I work for VLCM Foundation. If you've read an email, blog article, or social media post from us in the...

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HCI - Stanford Team Identifies "Promising Target" for Childhood Brain Cancer

 

 

Medulloblastoma is one of the most common brain cancers in children and infants, and Group 3 medulloblastoma is the most aggressive subtype of that cancer. It accounts for fully 28% of all...

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HCI Lung Cancer Research Reveals New Treatment Targets

Lung cancer, as we've talked about before, is very common and very deadly. It's frequently caught late and isn't very treatable. Many researchers are dedicated to understanding and treating the...

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More Evidence that Aspirin May Have Anti-Cancer Effects

It has long been suggested that regular use of aspirin might lower the risk of developing cancer. For one cancer—colorectal—the idea is clearly supported by research evidence. For others like...

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Hope on the Horizon for Several Potential Melanoma Preventions

 

 

Experts on melanoma--a type of skin cancer--from the Melanoma Prevention Working Group recently authored a paper summarizing current research into both drugs and natural products that prevent...

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"Your generosity really does make a difference to us in the lab"

 As we mentioned before, Huntsman Cancer Institute researcher Dr. Mona Foth gave us an update on the state of cancer research and her work at HCI at this year's golf tournament. We were so lucky...

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HCI Scientist Dr. Mona Foth to Speak at Tournament

 

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HCI Map of Breast Formation Identifies Potential Targets for Cancer Treatment

 

 

In partnership with researchers at the Salk Institute in San Diego, Huntsman Cancer Institute scientists have created a map of how breast tissue forms.

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Frequently Googled Questions: Cancer Causes

 

 

Today's post focuses on three of the most frequently googled questions about cancer causes. There are hundreds of things that can cause cancer, so this article is certainly not exhaustive. It...

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Frequently Googled Questions: When Cancer Spreads

 

 

Today we'll be answering Google's most searched questions about when cancer spreads. As we'll talk about in a future article, the spread of cancer is how cancer kills so this can be a heavy...

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Newly Designed Foundation Logo Sends Stronger Message

Today, VLCM Foundation is beginning to phase out our old logo to make way for a new one:

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Frequently Googled Questions: Cancer Symptoms Part 2

 

 

As we said, the topic of cancer symptoms is coming to you in two parts with the second being--perhaps--the more interesting questions Google sees. You can read the first part here. Today's...

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Frequently Googled Questions: Cancer Symptoms Part 1

Of all the questions commonly Googled about cancer, questions about its signs and symptoms are among the most common. This topic comes to you in two parts. Today's post will answer questions about...

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Frequently Googled Questions: Cancer and Inheritance

 

 

Three of the most frequently googled questions about cancer are: "Can cancer be genetic?", "Can cancer be inherited?", and "Which cancer is genetic?". These are the questions we'll be...

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Huntsman Cancer Foundation Supports United Against Cancer Golf Tournament

 

Huntsman Cancer Foundation has been kind enough to provide us with a great deal of help and support through the years as we've worked to raise money for research at the cancer center. They've...

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Frequently Googled Questions: Cancer Treatment

Here are answers to the internet's most frequently googled questions about cancer, focusing on treatment.

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Frequently Googled Questions: Cancer Screening and Tests

 

We answer some of the questions most frequently googled about cancer, focusing on cancer screening and testing.

 

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"You've saved my life...you really have."

You may remember that a patient and a researcher from Huntsman Cancer Institute spoke at 2017's United Against Cancer golf tournament.

We are exactly 100 days away from this year's tournament in...

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Frequently Googled Questions: Cancer Statistics

 

 

Get ready for a post answering some of the questions most frequently googled about cancer, focusing on statistics.

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Alcohol can cause cancer too?

We’ve mentioned it in passing before, but it’s not exactly common knowledge that alcohol is a known carcinogen—it causes cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, “The research evidence...

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What Happens After You Sign Up for the Tournament?

Now that you've registered for the Huntsman Golf Classic hosted by VLCM Foundation, you may be wondering what happens next, especially if this is your first year at the event.

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HCI Breakthrough Seven Years in the Making

 

 

Gliomas are tumors that arise from the cells in the brain and spinal cord that surround nerves. They’re the most common type of tumor that develops in the area. Despite this, scientists have...

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What is a Carcinogen?

 

 

Can bacon really cause cancer? What about paint? Alcohol? What is a carcinogen, anyway?

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Finding the Problems So They Can be Fixed: Rural Cancer vs. Cancer in the Cities

A recent study under the direction of Huntsman Cancer Institute researcher Dr. Mia Hashibe has examined disparities in cancer survival and incidence between Utah's metropolitan and rural areas.

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How HCI Has Grown Over the Past 11 Years, And What Has Been Learned There

After looking at how cancer research has changed during the time we've been around, we thought we'd also see how Huntsman Cancer Institute has changed since we began supporting research there 11...

Cancer Research Over the Past 11 Years

VLCM Foundation has been around, in one form or another, for 11 years. Things have been moving quickly in cancer research. To see just how fast, we thought we'd list out the major accomplishments...

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18th Century Math Tests 21st Century Genetics Question

As we've discussed, many genetic changes occur every second in your body. These changes have the potential to lead to cancer down the line, but only if they occur in specific genes. When genetic...

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VLCM Foundation Earns GuideStar's 2018 Gold Seal of Transparency

VLCM Foundation was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!

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HCI Researchers Surprised By Their Own Study's Results

This week's news from Huntsman Cancer Institute is on research just published by HCI researchers into endometrial cancer.

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Why I Raise Money for Cancer Research

 

My name is Elise. I'm a senior at the University of Utah--about to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology in seven (7?!) weeks--and I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of...

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HCI researchers design new use for pedigrees and discover 2 potentially cancer-causing genes along the way

 

 

Huntsman Cancer Institute researchers Nicola Camp and Rosalie Waller have created a new way to use family trees in the search for cancer-causing genes. In testing their new method, they...

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What are Cancer Stages?

Most people have probably heard of different stages of cancer, especially if you know anyone who’s dealt with the disease. The system that’s likely familiar for many is on a scale of 0 to IV, and...

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What are lymph nodes and why do they matter?

You’ve probably heard of your skeletal, immune, and cardiovascular systems. One biological system you may not have heard of is the lymphatic system. What is it, and what are lymph nodes?

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Elephant Genes Could Lead to New Cancer Drug

There's a reason Huntsman Cancer Institute says they have an "elephant doctor" and it's not because they're working on treating cancer in both elephants and humans. In fact, it's because elephants...

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Top Golf Time Added to Upper-Level Tournament Sponsorships

 

 

As we work on improving the experience donors have at the United Against Cancer charity golf tournament, we're especially concerned with helping attract new donors at the Par, Birdie, and...

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Updated Birdie Benefits at Charity Golf Tournament

 

 

To make the golf tournament better for donors, and to help us reach our goals, we've made a change to our Birdie sponsorship.

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Foundation to Give Foursome to HCI for a Second Time

 

 

At 2017's United Against Cancer charity golf tournament, we tried something new for the first time: inviting experts from Huntsman Cancer Institute, giving them the opportunity to golf, and...

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United Against Cancer Golf Tournament Raises $112,000 for Cancer Research

VLCM Foundation held its annual United Against Cancer golf tournament on September 13th. This year, as always, Huntsman Cancer Foundation will receive every cent raised from the 10th such event, a...

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VLCM Foundation Donates Tournament Foursome to HCI

As VLCM Foundation grows, we want to make a point of focusing on cancer and cancer research rather than just golf (although the golfing is amazing if we do say so ourselves). In keeping with this...

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VLCM Foundation Awarded GuideStar's Gold Seal of Transparency

 

 

VLCM Foundation has received GuideStar's Gold Seal of Transparency for the 2017 year.

GuideStar is the world's largest information source for non-profit organizations. They encourage...

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Why Hasn't Cancer Been Cured? It's Complicated

 

In 1971, in the wake of the eradication of polio and the first man on the moon, then-President Richard M. Nixon signed a bill into law called the National Cancer Act. Jon Huntsman, Sr., served on...

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7 Things You Should Know About Huntsman Cancer Institute

 

 

1. Despite being smaller and younger than many of the top cancer centers in the world, Huntsman Cancer Institute is the world leader in discovery of inherited genes that confer susceptibility...

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7 Things You Should Know About VLCM Foundation

 

 

Since publishing, this article has been updated and republished. Read the new version here

 

1. All monetary and goods donations to VLCM Foundation are 100% tax deductible.

Because VLCM...

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Mary Beckerle: "Very fortunate conductor of a world-class orchestra"

 

Growing up, Huntsman Cancer Institute CEO and Director Mary Beckerle never dreamed of being a scientist. She wanted to be either a fireman or a ballerina.

She wasn't interested in science until...

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Donate to VLCM Foundation at No Cost to You

That headline isn't a lie, and there are no catches at all.

One very quick and easy way you can help VLCM Foundation raise money for cancer research at Huntsman Cancer Institute is in the course...

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Family History is Helping Scientists Prevent Cancer

Genealogy is helping scientists at Huntsman Cancer Institute prevent cancer in some patients with inherited genetic disorders that predispose them to the disease.

 

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Dr. Mario Capecchi and his science that changed the world

 

 

Dr. Mario Capecchi is a researcher at the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute, as well as a distinguished professor of human genetics and biology at the university. He is also...

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A new way to help breast cancer patients?

A new study out of Huntsman Cancer Institute brings hope for better treatment to many cancer patients, especially those facing breast cancer. In 2013, 230,815 women and 2,109 men in the United...

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Annual Cost of Running Huntsman Cancer institute

 

 

Jon Huntsman, Sr. has frequently said it costs about $120 million a year to keep Huntsman Cancer Institute going. That’s a lot of money. You could buy two rockets from SpaceX for that price....

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Jon Huntsman, Sr., Founder of Huntsman Cancer Institute

 

“We didn’t have anything”, says Jon Huntsman, Sr. about his childhood. His family struggled economically the entire time he was growing up. His father didn’t graduate college until he’d...

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Guide to the United Against Cancer Golf Tournament

So you’re interested in the golf tournament. Or, maybe you’ve already registered. What now? Here’s your quick guide to how the tournament works, complete with photos from past tournaments.

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Cancer: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How

 

In the United States, about 39.6% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetimes. African Americans and non-Hispanic whites are significantly more likely to...

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