Huntsman Cancer Institute
At the Sigma Chi 150th anniversary celebration in 2005, the Fraternity announced that the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) was chosen to be one of its preferred charitable organizations, in addition to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. In December 2012, Sigma Chi designated the Huntsman Cancer Foundation as its sole preferred philanthropic partner.
Founded by Significant Sig and Order of Constantine Sig Jon M. Huntsman Sr., PENNSYLVANIA 1959, the Huntsman Cancer Institute is dedicated to finding the causes of cancer, developing new and better treatments, and preventing people from ever developing cancer. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 567,628 Americans were killed by cancer in 2009 — more than 1,500 people a day. In an effort to cure this epidemic, Huntsman founded HCI to focus on understanding cancer from its very beginnings and to translate this knowledge into safer and more effective treatments. HCI was chosen as Sigma Chi's preferred philanthropy because many Sigs and their families have been directly affected by cancer, the second-leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, men have an approximate lifetime risk of 1:2 developing the disease; for women, the risk is 1:3.
Jon Huntsman has himself donated more than $350 million toward cancer research, and now challenges his brothers to aid in his efforts.
As of January 2013, Sigma Chi alumni and undergraduate chapters have raised more than $950,000 benefiting research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
Derby Days and the Derby Challenge
The most basic mission of Derby Days is to serve the community. Since the birth of our Fraternity, Sigma Chis have endeavored to give back to the world. Because Derby Days affords each chapter with a unique opportunity to positively impact the community, Derby Days are highly publicized events that often draw media attention. Thus, it is imperative that the actions of each brother during Derby Days reflect our true goals. Let the mission of Derby Days provide the foundation for each event and govern your every action before, during and following Derby Days.
DerbyChallenge.org was developed to assist in continually raising the bar for donations to the Huntsman Cancer Institute. All chapters are encouraged to utilize it as a resource.
Merlin Olsen Day of Service
The Merlin Olsen Day of Service, held annually on Sept. 15, honors the philanthropic spirit of Order of Constantine Sig, Significant Sig and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Merlin Olsen, UTAH STATE 1962. The Fraternity encourages its members to honor Olsen, a longtime spokesman for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, by volunteering on this day to improve their communities. Suggested activities include donating blood, volunteering at local schools and cleaning up local public parks.