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Hope on Wheels Helps Kids Fight Cancer

The beginning of September marks a special time for car dealers in America, as that’s when new models typically arrive on the showroom floor. For the Hyundai Motor Company and Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale, it’s also when the annual “Hyundai Hope on Wheels” kicks off, raising funds to fight childhood cancer. “While great strides have been made in the fight against pediatric cancer over the last 19 years, pediatric cancer sadly remains the leading disease-related cause of death for children in the U.S.,” said Jerry Flannery, Hyundai President and CEO. “It is a terrible disease that impacts far too many kids each year and robs them of their youth. As part of our mission at Hyundai to be a better company, we remain committed to bringing hope to families faced with this disease and to helping close the gap in funding for critical cancer research.”

Awarding Research Grants to Children’s Hospitals

Hyundai will spend September traveling across the country to award 40 grants for research to children’s hospital, contributing $8.5 million in the fight against childhood cancer. Since starting the program 20 years ago, Hyundai has donated about $130 million to the pediatric cancer battle. When the Hope on Wheels team visits each hospital, part of the ceremony is to host a Handprint Ceremony. Children fighting cancer in each hospital will put their hands in paint and adorn a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe with their handprints. The white vehicle with colored handprints is a beacon of hope that travels across the country.

View Special Stories on Web

Visit HyundaiHopeonWheels.org to view stories of courageous children fighting cancer. You can also see a map that details all the hospitals that received grants and read progress reports from doctors. While on the website, take some time to participate in a digital handprint virtual program that lets you put your stamp on the battle against cancer. For each virtual handprint received, Hyundai will donate $1 to a Children’s Hospital through the Hope on Wheels Program. “September is a special time for all of us at Hyundai because it’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a time when we honor the courageous children battling cancer while also funding the doctors and researchers that are working tirelessly to provide care and develop new treatments,” according to Hope on Wheels Board Chairman Scott Fink. Hope on Wheels gives four different types of grants that all fund research efforts by leading oncologists. For more information on Hyundai and the fight against pediatric cancer, take some time to stop by Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

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