Hyundai’s nonprofit organization to surpass $130 million in total grant funding in 19th year helping kids fight cancer
Charlotte, NC – On July 18, 2017, Hyundai Hope On Wheels® presented Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC with a $50,000 Hyundai Impact Award. Levine 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. Levine Children’s Hospital will use the funds to support the work of pediatric cancer research and programs.
The $50,000 Hyundai Impact Award was presented to Dr. Joel Kaplan for his proven track record in providing excellent patient care to families affected by pediatric cancer and to support his continued efforts. During the event, Charlotte, NC area children battling cancer participated in the program’s signature Handprint Ceremony, in which they dipped their hands in paint and placed 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.
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 fight against pediatric cancer in 1998. With this latest grant, Levine Cancer Institute has received more than $525,000 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.”
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 .
ABOUT 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.
ABOUT LEVINE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital is a 234-bed hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, located on the main campus of Carolinas Medical Center. It is the most comprehensive facility of its type between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Since opening in 2007, the hospital has grown to include more than 30 pediatric specialties and has received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” The hospital’s Torrence E. Hemby Jr., Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center houses one of the premier pediatric hematology and oncology programs in the country. The center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities and therapies for childhood malignancies and blood disorders.
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