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.
AUSTIN, TX – June 13, 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 Dell Children’s Medical Center 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 Dr. Puja Patel at Dell Children’s Medical Center on Tuesday, June 18th at 10:00 a.m.
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. With this latest grant, Dell Children’s has received $1,085,000 in total grants since 2009 from HHOW.
“I am thrilled to accept the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Impact Award on behalf of the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center,” says Dr. Puja Patel. “Hyundai’s generous support over the last decade has allowed us to improve overall care for our patients by increasing our understanding of how best to design and deliver that care. With Hyundai’s new gift, we will be able to further enhance the role of behavioral health in pediatric oncology at our center. And, as a result, we can provide the utmost care for patients, siblings, and caregivers through the integration of behavioral health care within medical treatment – starting as early as a child’s cancer diagnosis and continuing support through survivorship. On behalf of our patients and the families we serve, we are deeply grateful for the advancement in our pediatric cancer care.”
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 Dell Children’s Medical 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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