Hyundai’s nonprofit organization to surpass $130 million in total grant funding in 19th year helping kids fight cancer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hyundai Hope On Wheels® will present Baystate Children’s Hospital of Springfield, MA with a $50,000 Hyundai Impact Award. Baystate Children’s Hospital is one of 25 recipients of this year’s award, which is given to pediatric oncology departments at select children’s hospitals nationwide. Baystate Children’s Hospital will use the funds to support the work of pediatric cancer research and programs. The $50,000 Hyundai Impact Award will be officially presented to Baystate Children’s Hospital, Wednesday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m. in the Tolosky Family Living Room at Baystate Medical Center.
In 2017, Hope On Wheels will award $15 million toward pediatric cancer research and programs. This brings the organization’s donation total to $130 million since Hyundai joined the fight against pediatric cancer in 1998. With this latest grant, Baystate Children’s Hospital has received more than $150,000 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. Superheroes come in all forms, but for children and families battling cancer – superheroes wear lab coats.”
The $50,000 Hyundai Impact Award will be officially presented to Baystate Children’s Hospital, Wednesday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m. During the event, pediatric cancer patients from Baystate Children’s Hospital – both past and present – 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 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. Their colorful handprints on the official Hope Vehicle represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes and dreams.
Doctors and researchers that receive a grant from Hope On Wheels are named Hyundai Scholars and are presented with a special lab coat. This year, Hope On Wheels will further recognize its Hyundai Scholars for their incredible efforts on behalf of children battling cancer through a campaign called “Superheroes Wear Lab Coats.” The video series will showcase their lifesaving work.
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 $130 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.
BAYSTATE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
As a not-for-profit healthcare system, Baystate Health is the leading, comprehensive healthcare provider with over 12,000 employees, including 600 physicians, serving western Massachusetts. Baystate Health Foundation is the charitable arm that supports Baystate Health, its employees and patients, and raises funds for Baystate Health hospitals, programs and services, from cutting-edge treatments, to state-of-the-art technology, to new medical and surgical facilities.
Charitable donations to Baystate Health Foundation support the health system’s commitment to keeping care local while investing in compassionate, integrated care for everyone served in Baystate Health’s hospitals, medical practices and homes.
For more information about making Baystate Health Foundation a charity of choice, please visit baystatehealth.org/bhf or call (413) 794-5444.