Before I look to the year ahead and the exciting work that we will accomplish, I must first reflect on 2016. At Hyundai, we are so grateful for all of
the doctors, researchers, nurses, hospital staff and Hyundai dealers and executives for their work in supporting our mission and goals in 2016.
Thank you to everyone who added their handprint to the fight against pediatric cancer in 2016 and I welcome you to our cause as we enter our 19th year.
Most importantly, I want to thank the brave child cancer fighters and their families and loved ones. We are in this fight for each and every one of you.
In 2017, we will take strides to meet our goal of $200 million in donations by the year 2020. Through our grant program, which includes the Hyundai Scholar/Young
Investigator and Impact grants, as well as our newest grant addition, the Quantum Award, we will award nearly $10 million to researchers and organizations that work every day to eradicate childhood cancer.
The start of this New Year gives me hope that 2017 will be even more extraordinary than 2016 for Hyundai Hope On Wheels. For starters, we’re sending two
very joyful kids for Texas Children’s to Super Bowl LI this weekend! We will have many more exciting initiatives, events and activities to share with you all this year, and we’ll keep you updated along the way.
Thank you again for your commitment and devotion to Hope On Wheels and I look forward to working with you in 2017.
All my best,
Chairman, Hyundai Hope On Wheels
President, South Point Automotive
Hands of Hope Super Bowl Giveaway
The Super Bowl is a quintessential American pastime, and this upcoming weekend, Hope On Wheels is sending two lucky patients from Texas Children’s to the big game. Eden and Cristian will be taking over our social media and will be sharing their day, LIVE from NRG Stadium in Houston as they watch Super Bowl LI.
Eden Green is a sweet, fun and determined 11 year old who learned in June 2015 that the tumor in her right tibia bone was cancerous. The biopsy determined that Eden’s cancer was rare – so rare that it doesn’t even have a name. Eden was treated by her team at Texas Children’s and
as of today, Eden is cancer free!
Cristian Beasley is an outgoing and fun 16 year old who loves football, especially the Texans. Cristian was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in November 2012. After three and a half years of treatment, Cristian rang the end-of-treatment bell in March 2016! This year,
Cristian will be able to play on his school football team, something he hasn’t been able to do after missing 3 years of school.
Watch Cristian’s big reveal here thanks to KHOU News, as he took part in the biggest surprise of his young life.
Both Cristian and Eden will be attending the game with their dads and will be given GoPros to capture the excitement of the day.
Make sure you’re following us on social media on February 5th as the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Texas!
Meet Owen! Owen is a pediatric cancer survivor.
Owen loves his family and friends, and enjoys playing basketball, video games and swimming. He was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma after the large growth on his stomach was deemed cancerous. With the help of Cleveland Clinic, and with his family by his side, Owen
is now cancer free. Thank you Owen for adding your handprint to the fight to #EndChildhoodCancer!
Granting A Path Toward Hope Spread the word! To all prospective grant applicants, February
7, 2017 is the last day to apply for a 2017 Hyundai Grant! Each year Hope On Wheels funds life-saving research and creates awareness for pediatric cancer.
Since its inception, the organization has donated more than $115 million to fund pediatric cancer research.
In 2017, Hope On Wheels will make available at least $10 million in research grants for pediatric cancer in the
Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant: $250,000, 2-year award
Hyundai Young Investigator Grant: $150,000, 2-year award
Eligibility to apply for a Hyundai Grant is limited to Children’s Oncology Group member institutions in the U.S. Each eligible
institution may submit up to one application per grant category. Applicants will be notified by April 3, 2017 about the status of their application.
We are proud to welcome Cedric the Entertainer as
our newest celebrity ambassador of hope.
Cedric added his handprint to the fight to #EndChildhoodCancer when he visited Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). As a father, award-wining actor and a comedian, Cedric has brought smiles to millions of people
during his career. He now joins hands with Hope On Wheels in this important fight, to bring awareness to the pediatric cancer and allow more kids to smile. See Cedric’s message to the pediatric cancer community below.
Cedric the Entertainer Joins the Fight to #EndChildhoodCancer
#TBT To Our Second Annual CHOC Toy Drive!
This past December we hosted our second annual toy drive at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). As part of our
annual toy drive, Hope On Wheels awarded CHOC a donation of more than $138,000 for their innovative
Infusionarium. For patients undergoing outpatient infusions, the CHOC Infusionarium offers a multi-screen home theater experience with movies, Xbox games,
Skype, “live” virtual tours, Internet, music, headphones and so much more. CHOC has been partners with Hyundai for many years and we’re thrilled to have them as a force in the fight to #EndChildhoodCancer.
Stay Tuned for the NYC Auto Show
We have some exciting moments and events coming up in 2017 one of which is the New York International Auto Show.
Mark your calendars for the 2017 NYC Auto Show on April X -X, 2017. On the sidelines of the Auto Show, Hope On
Wheels will recognize childhood cancer survivors, families, doctors, nurses and supporters at its honorary handprint ceremony. Stay tuned for more details!
Dealer Spotlight – Gary Micallef
Gary Micallef is a Hyundai dealer in Everett, Washington, and is also a founding member of the Hope On Wheels Board of Directors. Gary employs more than 50 Hyundai dealers in the Seattle area. Did you know, that every time a Hyundai vehicle is purchased, Hyundai dealers make a donation to Hope On Wheels? Watch the clip to see Gary’s one wish to #EndChildhoodCancer.
Board of Directors
Newport Richey, FL
Program Executive Director
Hyundai Motor America
Fountain Valley, CA
JERRY FLANNERY, Interim President and CEO Hyundai Motor America Fountain Valley, CA
Toms River, NJ
Medical Advisory Committee Dr. Peter Adamson
Dr. John Carpten
Dr. Lisa Diller
Dr. Morris Kletzel
Dr. Crystal Mackall
Dr. David Poplack
Dr. Leonard Sender
Dr. Aziza Shad
Dr. Dan Wechsler
Dr. Michael Weiner
Scientific Review Committee A panel of doctors who review grant applications and provide funding recommendations.
Help us Give Hope a Hand!
Our goal to #EndChildhoodCancer cannot be accomplished without your support.