Hyundai Hope On Wheels® (HHOW), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by Hyundai and its U.S. dealers, announces $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award Grant to Phoenix Children’s Hospital to continue its long-standing fight against pediatric cancer. The institution is one of 77 recipients receiving a combined $16 million in new grants this year to develop innovative approaches to finding a cure for the disease. The Hyundai Impact Award will be officially presented to Dr. Wetmore at Phoenix Children’s Hospital at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6.
HHOW remains one of the largest funders of pediatric cancer research in the nation. This year will reach $160 million in total lifetime funding since 1998 towards finding a cure. With this latest grant supporting salaries for a mental health therapist and a child life specialist. Phoenix Children’s has received over $1 million in total grants since 2004 from HHOW.
Every 36 minutes a child is diagnosed with pediatric cancer, affecting over 15,000 new cases for children and adolescents annually in the U.S. This year’s campaign theme is “Minutes are Precious.“ It celebrates the many milestones in a child’s life from birthdays, game days and graduation day. By supporting innovative research and novel therapy, HHOW’s goal is to ensure every child lives to enjoy more of life’s precious moments for years to come.
“For 21 years, Hyundai and its dealers have partnered with medical doctor research teams from the top hospitals. And institutions from around the country in a quest to finally beat this disease.” Says Scott Fink, Board Chair and Hyundai dealer owner, Hyundai of New Port Richey. “Hyundai’s contributions have helped to significantly improve childhood cancer cure rates to more than 80 percent. This is why every minute is precious and every second matters in the fight against pediatric cancer.”
During the event, children being treated at Phoenix Children’s Hospital who are battling cancer will participate in the program. For it’s signature Handprint Ceremony, in which they’ll dip their hands in paint and place their handprints on a white doctor’s coat. Their colorful handprints represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes and dreams.