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Hyundai Hope on Wheels Announces Winners of $7.5 Million in Pediatric Cancer Research Grant Awards During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Efforts build upon the successful fundraising of $115 million to date that has been deployed into innovative pediatric cancer research at prominent children’s hospitals around the country
Washington, DC – On Friday, September 23, Hyundai Hope On Wheels® (HHOW) announced the winners of its annual Hyundai Scholar and Young Investigator Awards. Thirty-four researchers received a combined $7.5 million to continue research and study for pediatric cancer research. This announcement built upon HHOW’s major milestone of reaching $115 million in grants to pediatric cancer research since 1998. At the press conference, Hyundai Hope On Wheels thanked the many stakeholders that have made it possible for the organization to reach this first milestone in their fight to end childhood cancer. HHOW also announced its plans to continue funding pediatric cancer research with a goal to award an additional $100 million to pediatric cancer research in the United States.
“We are proud to continue to fight to end childhood cancer,” said Dave Zuchowski, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “While much has been achieved, there remains a lot more work to be done. As we look to the next five years, we are committed to funding the amazing work that’s being done by the individuals, hospitals and organizations across the country, who are so pivotal to finding a cure. To all the kids, families and cancer researchers fighting this terrible disease – you are not alone and Hyundai remains committed to this important cause.”
The press conference was held at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC201 and featured several members of Congress, whose support is critical in the fight to end childhood cancer, as well as His Excellency Ahn Ho-young, the Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea.
The press conference featured:
• His Excellency Ahn Ho-young, Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea
• Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD 8)
• Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA 3)
• Rep. Shelia Jackson-Lee (D-TX 18)
• Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX 10)
• Dr. David Poplack, Director, Texas Children’s Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital
• HHOW National Youth Ambassadors, Hannah Adam (FL) and Ryan Darby (MD), both 13 year old cancer survivors
• Mr. Dave Zuchowski, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor America
• Mr. Scott Stark, Chairman, Hyundai Hope On Wheels Board
• Mr. Zafar Brooks, Executive Director, Hyundai Hope On Wheels
Bringing together policymakers, members of Congress, the advocacy community and families, Hope On Wheels is engaging a range of stakeholders in our mutual goal to end childhood cancer.
2016 National Call To Action: Give Hope A Hand
As September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, HHOW has been raising awareness by giving a multitude of research grants during the month. Specifically, HHOW will award 34 pediatric cancer research grants, totaling $7.5 million, to help researchers across the country get closer to the goal of ending childhood cancer. Exciting research projects are being funded on some of the latest and cutting edge science, such as immunotherapy, DNA sequencing and novel therapies.
In addition to funding research, HHOW is encouraging the public to contribute to the fight against childhood cancer in a personal way. The journey begins with one simple request: Give Hope A Hand. We invite visitors to the newly refreshed website at hyundaihopeonwheels.org, to tell how they will use their hands in the fight against pediatric cancer. Once there visitors can Learn + Care + Do + Give = Hope. There are a number of additional engaging, interactive ways the public can get involved and use their hands for good.
HYUNDAI HOPE ON WHEELS
Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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 nonprofit 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 830 U.S. dealers. Since its inception, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $115 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.
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