Qualtrics is Taking on Cancer Research in the Huntsman 140
Any given day, the bike room is packed at Qualtrics. Employees are cycling to work, and cycling at lunch, many in preparation for the annual Huntsman 140 Presented by Qualtrics for the past 4 years.
On June 16, 2018, more than 100 employees and friends of Qualtrics will be participating in a variety of distances at the annual Huntsman 140 and Huntsman 5K.
The Huntsman 140 began when a Stage IV head and neck patient at Huntsman Cancer Institute rode his bike from Reno, Nevada (where he is from) to the steps of Huntsman Cancer Institute (where he was treated). The final day – from Delta, UT to Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, UT – represents the 140 miles. Since the beginning of the event, $2.4 million has been raised for cancer research.
Qualtrics cyclists and runners participate in honor or memory of loved ones affected by cancer on the 5 For The Fight team.
Fighting cancer is in the DNA of Qualtrics. When Co-Founder & CEO Ryan Smith’s father was diagnosed with cancer, Ryan left school to spend time with him. Instead of restoring a Mustang, they built a software company. Since that time, Qualtrics has a history of funding cancer research internationally in the millions — now culminating in 5 For The Fight, the campaign to eradicate cancer, $5 at a time.
A personal story from our Talent Acquisition Leader, David Gilbert, sheds light on how we each have a reason to be involved, to ride, to give.
“It was a privilege to serve alongside a leader like [late Qualtrics EMEA Chairman] Dermot Costello, who succumbed to cancer earlier this year. While heartbroken to lose him, we will honor his memory by raising money to fund research to find a cure for cancer through our #5forthefight campaign.
Dermot championed that cause (and fought his fight) with more dignity, grit and courage than I’ve ever witnessed. When he passed, I committed I would ride the Huntsman 140 this year to honor Dermot’s memory and continue the fight.”
Last year this event (in combination with the Huntsman Heroes 5K) raised just over $625,000… this year the goal is $750,000. 100% of all donations raised go directly to cancer research at the institute.