“Thank you for giving us a place,” cancer patients remember Jon Hunstman Sr.

“Thank you for giving us a place,” cancer patients remember Jon Hunstman Sr. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) – As word spread of the passing of Jon Huntsman Sr. Friday afternoon, many patients across Utah remembered a man who they credit with giving them a fighting chance against cancer.

Among those patients is former Utah radio personality Dan Bammes, who was diagnosed with myeloma 15 years ago this week.

“Thank you, thank you for giving us a place we can go,” Bammes told 2News Friday night.

Bammes said his treatments have been made easier by the artwork and friendly staff at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

Hunstman’s mission was to “eradicate cancer.” His path that goal was the Huntsman Cancer Institute which he founded in 1995.

"It hasn't always been easy, as rich as he is, to keep his commitments to the hospital," Bammes said.

Outside the hospital Friday afternoon, staff members also remembered Huntsman.

“He is such a great guy. He liked to come say hi to us,” medical assistant Esther Ayala told 2News.

2News has received statements of condolences from several prominent Utahns regarding Huntsman’s passing Friday. You can read them here.

You can donate to the Huntsman Cancer Institute on its website.

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