Children's Miracle Network
At the 1992 Balfour Leadership Training Workshop, Significant Sig and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Merlin Olsen, Utah State 1962, introduced Children's Miracle Network (CMN) as Sigma Chi's suggested beneficiary of proceeds from chapter community service projects. CMN, an alliance of 170 hospitals and health care facilities across the United States and Canada, generates funds for the children its associated hospitals serve.
Network hospitals treat all types of illnesses, regardless of the family's ability to pay. All financial contributions go directly to the hospital nearest the donor. All Sigma Chi chapters are located within less than 200 miles of a CMN hospital, giving members the opportunity to offer support by raising funds, visiting patients, or assisting with local educational and promotional programs. To find your local CMN hospital, please visit the CMN Web site.
To date, Sigma Chi alumni and undergraduate chapters have raised more than $4.2 million for the Children's Miracle Network.
Huntsman Cancer Institute
At the Sigma Chi 150th celebration in 2005, it was announced that the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) was chosen to be one of the Fraternity's preferred charitable organizations, in addition to Children's Miracle Network. Founded by Significant Sig and 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. This year alone, about 563,700 Americans are expected to die of cancer – 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 to safer and more effective treatments. HCI was chosen 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 in 2 developing the disease; for women, the risk is 1 in 3.
Jon Huntsman has already given over $225 million towards cancer research and now challenges his brothers to aid in his efforts.