The Hyundai Hope On Wheels non-profit embarks on a nationwide tour this September during
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to award new grants for pediatric cancer,
surpassing $160 million in lifetime funding for research.
ATLANTA, GA – September 11, 2019 – Hyundai Hope On Wheels® (HHOW), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by Hyundai and its U.S. dealers, announces Hyundai Young Investigator and Scholar Hope Grant totaling $500,000 to the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s) to continue its long-standing fight against pediatric cancer. HHOW has committed $13.2 million to support 52 new doctor-researchers in their research for better treatment options and to improve care for children diagnosed with pediatric cancer. The grant awards will be officially presented to pediatric hematologists/oncologists Dr. Robert Craig Castellino and Dr. Jenny Shim at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Wednesday, September 11th at 10:00 am.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and HHOW has launched its campaign theme for 2019, “Every Handprint Tells A Story.” Every 36 minutes a child is diagnosed with pediatric cancer impacting 15,000 new, young lives each year. Childhood cancer remains the leading disease-related cause of death among children. There are many handprints in the fight to find a cure. HHOW remains one of the largest funders to support medical institutions and efforts to develop pediatric cancer research in the nation. This year will reach $160 million in total lifetime funding since 1998 towards finding a cure. With this latest grant, Children’s has received $3.4M in total grants since 2005 from HHOW.
“Thank you to Hyundai Hope On Wheels for their generous donation to help continue our research into the causes of and development of novel treatments for aggressive forms of the pediatric brain tumor, medulloblastoma,” said Dr. Castellino, a pediatric hematologist/oncologist in the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “It’s an honor to accept the Scholar Hope Grant this year as we continue our research to improve outcomes in children diagnosed with a brain tumor.”
“For 21 years, Hyundai and its dealers have partnered with medical doctor research teams from the top hospitals and institutions from around the country in a quest to finally beat this disease,” says Scott Fink, Board Chair and Hyundai dealer owner, Hyundai of New Port Richey. “Hyundai’s contributions have helped to significantly improve childhood cancer cure rates to more than 80 percent. This is why every minute is precious and every second matters in the fight against pediatric cancer.”
During the event, children being treated at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center will participate in the program’s signature Handprint Ceremony, in which they’ll dip their hands in paint and place their handprints on a white 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. Their colorful handprints on the official Hope Vehicle represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes and dreams.
For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels and to view a list of our 2019 Hope On Wheels grant winners, please visit www.hyundaihopeonwheels.org/research. Click here to watch the 2019 campaign video. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at facebook.com/HyundaiHopeOnWheels , twitter.com/HopeOnWheels or Instagram.com/HyundaiHopeOnWheels.
AFLAC CANCER AND BLOOD DISORDERS CENTER OF CHILDREN’S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA
The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is a national leader among childhood cancer, hematology, and blood and marrow transplant programs, serving children and young adults. Recognized as one of the top 10 childhood cancer centers in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the Aflac Cancer Center cares for more than 450 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year and follows more than 3,200 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders. The Center has a well-developed clinical research office and a robust Phase I/II clinical trials infrastructure. Visit aflaccancercenter.org or call 404-785-1112 or 888-785-1112 for more information.
HYUNDAI HOPE ON WHEELS
Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, Hyundai Hope On Wheels provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease. HHOW is one of the largest non-profit funders of pediatric cancer research in the country, and primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 835 U.S. dealers. Since its inception, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $160 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.
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