The Foundation embarks on a nationwide tour ahead of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to award $14.1 million to 38 researchers, surpassing $145 million in total giving. Its theme “Every Handprint Tells a Story” details the bravery of kids fighting cancer and their families.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – August 2018 – Hyundai Hope On Wheels® 501c3 nonprofit organization, celebrates its 20th year in the fight funding pediatric cancer research and will present Dr. Joshua Schiffman of Primary Children’s Hospital with a $1 million Hyundai Quantum Grant. This institution is one of 4 recipients of this year’s award, which is the largest grant category, ranging from $1million to $2.5 million, given to support research on pediatric cancers with low survival rates. The $1 million Hyundai Quantum Grant will be officially presented to Dr. Schiffman and Primary Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, August 22nd at 10:00 a.m.
Hope On Wheels will award thirty-eight (38) new doctor-researchers to receive a combined $14.1 million pediatric cancer research grants now through the month of September. This brings the organization’s donation total to $145 million since Hyundai joined the fight against pediatric cancer 20 years ago in 1998. With this latest grant, the Primary Children’s Hospital has received more than $2.2 million in grants from Hope On Wheels.
“Throughout the country, talented doctors are working tirelessly to help kids fight cancer by conducting research or providing bedside care,” said Scott Fink, chairman, Hyundai Hope On Wheels Board of Directors. “Our goal at Hope On Wheels is to provide these doctors with the grant funds they need to perform their lifesaving work.”
As a pediatric cancer survivor, Dr. Schiffman has dedicated his life to study innovative treatment to find a cure. His team recently discovered that elephants have 20 copies of the tumor-fighting gene that may help explain their natural ability to avoid cancer. Dr. Schiffman will now use the Hyundai Quantum Grant to study elephant-based medicine — treatment options based on the TP53 gene in elephants— to determine its potential in future treatment of children and teenagers with osteosarcoma.
During the event, children being treated at Primary Children’s Hospital 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 canvas. Their colorful handprints on the canvas will represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes and dreams.
For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels and to view a complete list of this year’s grant winners, please visit HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org/research . Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at facebook.com/HyundaiHopeOnWheels, twitter.com/HopeOnWheels or instagram.com/HyundaiHopeOnWheels.
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 $145 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.
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