Hyundai 'Hope On Wheels' Event Marked by Special Handprint Ceremony
Presentation of $50,000 grant to support pediatric cancer research
On July 27, local and regional representatives of Hyundai Hope On Wheels, the automobile company’s nonprofit organization committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer, made a special visit to Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Sean Kipp, senior manager of regional distribution for Hyundai Motor America, presented a $50,000 grant to Anjulika Chawla, MD, interim division director for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and medical director of the Tomorrow Fund Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The hospital is one of just 25 grant recipients this year.
Following the presentation, 14-year-old Hannah Adams of Florida, Hyundai Hope On Wheels’ National Youth Ambassador, shared her emotional story of her journey with Stage 3 Nephroblastoma as a child. Serving as an inspiration to local children in attendance currently being treated for cancer, Hannah and the Hyundai team invited the group to participate in the organization’s signature Handprint Ceremony.
One-by-one, pediatric oncology patients took turns dipping their hands in paint and placing their handprints on a white 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, the official Hope Vehicle that will continue to travel the country adorned with the colorful prints.
As one of the largest nonprofit funders of pediatric cancer research in the country, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $130 million towards childhood cancer research since its inception, including $425,000 to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The organization receives its primary funding from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 835 U.S. dealers.