Cancer research and treatment is ongoing in the Los Angeles area at facilities such as Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC). These centers and others throughout the nation stand to benefit from a record-breaking $7.1 million in donations raised by Hyundai Hope on Wheels. To support National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, Hyundai Hope on Wheels announced on August 31 that Hope Grants will fund 71 pediatric cancer research projects and programs at Children’s Oncology Group (COG) institutions across the country. In addition, the organization will launch the “Hyundai Drive 4 Hope” tour to recognize pediatric cancer patients across the U.S, as well as host the first-ever Hope on Wheels 5K Run & Walk. Since 1998, Hyundai Hope on Wheels and its more than 800 dealers have been committed to fighting childhood cancer, raising awareness by collecting thousands of children’s handprints; to date, it has donated more than $43 million. To recognize National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the first donation, in the form of a $100,000 Hope Grant, will be received on September 1 by University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital. Throughout the month, the remaining $7 million in Hope Grants will be awarded as Hyundai Hope on Wheels travels the nation, conducting handprint ceremonies with 70 additional hospitals.
Earlier this year, Hyundai Hope on Wheels opened up a call for proposals for its 2011 Hope Grant program, with the goal to support the best, brightest and most promising researchers, whose work is likely to have a significant impact on understanding the biology and/or developing diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in the field of pediatric cancer. The winning 71 proposals include research projects and programs ranging from evaluating new research in genomic medicine to important survivorship and family support programs.
In an exciting twist to this year’s program, Hope on Wheels will drive from San Francisco’s launch event to New York City in a Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) as part of an official “Hyundai Drive 4 Hope” tour. The Tucson will make stops at more than 15 Handprint Ceremonies along the way, allowing children currently battling cancer, and those who have survived their disease, to place their colorful handprints on the vehicle each representing a personal story about their battle with this deadly disease. By the end of September, the Tucson will have traveled more than 4,500 miles across the nation and collected hundreds of handprints from children.
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