The leaves are turning golden on the trees, clocks have set back an hour, and a morning chill is in the air. That all must mean one thing – that autumn
is upon us and we are fast approaching the holiday season.
As you know,
September was National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
To honor this special time, Hope On Wheels crisscrossed the nation for over 30 days creating awareness and funding research for pediatric cancer. Our campaign theme for September was –
“Every Handprint Tells A Story.” This theme reflects the fact that
there are so many hands which contribute to the fight to end childhood cancer.
By bringing our hands together, we can all support the brave young child cancer survivors in their fight.
Please join us in congratulating the many doctors, researchers and institutions, who received a grant during September. With 34 grants in September alone,
we presented just over $7.5 million in research awards to find cures for pediatric cancer. This, in addition to the 25 other grants awarded this year, brings our
total funding to $13 million in 2016.
This year marks our 18th year in the fight against pediatric cancer. During our journey, we met so many wonderful and brave childhood cancer
fighters. Their courage inspires us every day in our goal to #endchildhoodcancer. Thanks to supporters like you and Hyundai dealers across the country,
we have donated over $115 million in funding to pediatric
research to date.
With your help, we can save lives.
Visit our website and see how you can make a difference.
Every Handprint Tells A Story, September Program Recap
Hope On Wheels launched our September campaign by inviting the public to share their messages of encouragement and hope for children diagnosed with cancer.
Throughout the month, a number of participants were chosen, and their photos appeared on our billboard in Times Square.
We also visited 30 institutions in 27 cities to host handprint ceremonies and award cutting-edge research grants. This year’s recipients include 24 Scholar
Hope Grants ($250,000 each) and 10 Young Investigator Awards ($150,000). Each recipient was selected through a competitive grants review process and are funded in hopes of finding new discoveries and treatments to cure kids with cancer.
Learn more about our grant programs on our website.
Every September Hyundai Hope On Wheels is joined by researchers, advocates, parents, legislators and Hyundai dealers in Washington, D.C to help raise awareness
of childhood cancers. September 21-23 attendees participated in a number of actives:
Thought Leaders’ Summit brought together more than 70 of the top
pediatric oncologists in the country, including the 2016 HHOW Grant recipients, to explore and discuss the progress made in childhood cancer research, exchange ideas and develop new ways of thinking. The event concluded with a town hall style discussion on
the most pressing challenges the research field face today.
Annual Celebration of Life Gala and Awards Ceremony at the U.S.
Institute of Peace was held with over 250 children, families, advocates and supporters from the Washington, DC area. This year’s event featured a celebrity mistress of ceremonies, Zuri Hall, on-air correspondent for E! News. Hope On Wheels presented grant
awards to this year’s Hyundai Scholars and each child cancer survivor in attendance was presented with a special Medal of Hope recognizing their bravery and continued fight. Dr. David Poplack of Texas Children’s Hospital, was presented the very first Lifetime
Achievement Award from for his 40 years of service to pediatric cancer research. We were honored to have the evening conclude with an intimate concert featuring international recording pop sensation, Ruth B.
National Press Conference at the U.S. Capitol was joined by members
of the House Childhood Cancer Caucus, His Excellency, Ahn Ho-young, the Ambassador to the U.S. from the Republic of South Korea, our own National Youth Ambassadors Hannah and Ryan, Hyundai executives, and Hyundai dealers. Congressman Chris Van Hollen was presented
a Hero of Hope Award, for his role at the co-chair of the House Childhood Cancer Caucus. The conference concluded with Hyundai CEO, Dave Zuchowski announced the company’s commitment to the cause and announced a plan to award an additional $100 million to research
over the next 7 years.
Run For Hope 5K/10k Run Walk held in Fountain
Valley, CA to benefit the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s. The 6th annual Run-for-Hope event was attended by over 700 participants. Retired NFL star, Anthony Dorsett, Jr. served as the celebrity grand marshal for the event. A total of $154,000
was awarded to the Hyundai Cancer Institute to support the center.
Live with Kelly! Partnership
During the week of October 24 – November 1, Hyundai Hope On Wheels was pleased to have the Live with Kelly show add its handprint
to the fight to cure pediatric cancer and help raise awareness about childhood cancer.
Hyundai Motor America donated a 2017 Hyundai Elantra to one lucky winner,
Jamie Peters from, Loomis, CA, who shared a key milestone that she had crossed off her bucket list.
Finally, as we near the holiday season, please remember the children and families that are fighting this dreaded disease. They
need to know during this time of year, in particular, that they are not alone.
As you may know, November 29th is known as Giving Tuesday, a time where many people donate to their favorite charity.
Ninety cents on every dollar donated to HHOW goes directly to funding pediatric cancer research. We hope you will consider
making a donation to Hope On Wheels.
Hyundai Hope On Wheels 2016 Recap Video