Hyundai Hope On Wheels Raises $72 Million to Fight Childhood Cancer

Hyundai Hope On Wheels launches its 15th year at the New York International Auto Show with the support of Bill Gaddis Hyundai.

Online PR News – 06-April-2013 – Muncie, IN – Hyundai dealers across the country are excited to announce the launch of their 15th year in the fight against pediatric cancer through their nonprofit Hyundai Hope On Wheels. The announcement was made at the Hyundai display at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Since its inception in 1998, the organization has raised over $72 million for pediatric cancer research. This includes Hyundai Hope On Wheels’ 2013 nation-wide donation of $14 million Hyundai is among the leading funders of pediatric cancer research in the U.S.

Hyundai President and CEO John Krafcik rang the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell on Tuesday, March 26 at the NYIAS. To show support, he was joined at the event by Hope On Wheels’ National Youth Ambassador CJ George, local Hyundai dealers, and representatives from Columbia University Medical Center (the winner of the first Hope On Wheels grant for 2013). Celebrity actor Nolan Gould, and star of the hit ABC sitcom Modern Family, even made visits to pediatric oncology patients at the Columbia University Medical Center.

“Hyundai and its dealers remain committed to helping children in the fight against pediatric cancer,” said John Krafcik. “We are dedicated to providing crucial research dollars that will lead to finding cures and better treatment protocols for these precious children impacted by cancer. While cure rates approach 80% for some forms of pediatric cancer, far too many children and families are devastated by the disease. We are proud of our 15-year milestone for Hyundai Hope On Wheels, and remain keenly aware that there is much more work to be done.”

Hope On Wheels hands out grants that are presented throughout the year with a signature Handprint Ceremony at the selected institutions. Every handprint collected symbolizes the courage, memories and hope of all children diagnosed with the disease. These handprints are placed on a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, which travels the country creating awareness for the disease.

“The field of medicine has seen progress in understanding the biology of pediatric cancer in recent years. Yet, cure rates remain at a plateau for the 12,000 or more children, who are newly diagnosed each year,” said Dr. Andrew L. Kung, Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell

Transplantation at Columbia University Medical Center. “One of the greatest challenges to further advancements is the lack of adequate funding for research. Hyundai Hope On Wheels has been a major source of funding and a trusted resource in the fight to find a cure. Hyundai Hope On Wheels is truly making a difference in the lives of children and families impacted by cancer.”

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