J.B. Hunt inducted into cancer related philanthropic group

A view of the main entrance Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the J.B. Hunt Transport headquarters in Lowell. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF)

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. said Thursday that it has been inducted into a philanthropic group -- The Anderson Assembly at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The Lowell-based trucking and supply chain company established The J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. Cancer Prevention and Control Endowment with a $1 million gift to MD Anderson. The move supports The Joint Center on Geospatial Analysis and Health led by MD Anderson's Cancer Prevention and Control Platform, according to a news release.

"MD Anderson is an organization that is dear to J.B. Hunt as many of our employees utilize their expertise and resources," Brad Hicks, president of highway services and executive vice president of people at J.B. Hunt, said in a news release. "We are proud to extend our support to MD Anderson as its experts pioneer innovative cancer care and research to improve the health and quality of life for people across the world."

Through the gift, MD Anderson will be able to use data to better aid medically-underserved communities, the release said.

"J.B. Hunt's leadership directly enabled a novel vision to help communities access expert analyses at the intersection of place and health," Michael T. Walsh Jr., executive director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Platform, said.