The Hyundai Hope On Wheels non-profit embarks on a nationwide tour this summer to award
new grants for pediatric cancer, surpassing $160 million in lifetime funding for research.
ALBANY, NY– July 18, 2019 – Hyundai Hope On Wheels® (HHOW), a 501c3 non-profit organization supported by Hyundai and its U.S. dealers, announces $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award Grant to the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Med to continue its long-standing fight against pediatric cancer. The institution is one of 77 recipients receiving a combined $16 million in new grants this year to develop innovative approaches to finding a cure for the disease. The Hyundai Impact Award will be officially presented to Joanne C. Porter, M.D., Acting Director at the Melodies Center, on Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. in Albany Med’s B-Building atrium area.
HHOW remains one of the largest funders of pediatric cancer research in the nation. This year will reach $160 million in total lifetime funding since 1998 towards finding a cure.
“On behalf of our patients and their families at the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, we gratefully accept this generous grant from Hyundai,” said Dr. Porter. “This grant will support our primary mission to offer the latest clinical trials from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Funding from Hyundai Hope on Wheels allows us to better support patients during cancer treatment, offering them emotional and psychosocial services from the start of their diagnosis, through cancer treatment and beyond. As many as 30 percent of cancer survivors are identified to suffer emotional burdens following their treatment. Funding from Hyundai Hope on Wheels will help us continue to support survivors of childhood cancer as they recover and move forward.”
Every 36 minutes a child is diagnosed with pediatric cancer, affecting over 15,000 new cases for children and adolescents annually in the U.S. This year’s campaign theme “Minutes are Precious” celebrates the many milestones in a child’s life from birthdays, game days and graduation day. By supporting innovative research and novel therapy, HHOW’s goal is to ensure every child lives to enjoy more of life’s precious moments for years to come.
“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 Melodies Center who are battling cancer 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.
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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
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