BALTIMORE, Aug. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Hope On Wheels® and Baltimore-area Hyundai dealers yesterday awarded the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Pediatric Oncology of Baltimore with a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant. Dr. Christopher Gamper received Hope On Wheels' most recent grant for his work in immunotherapy against cancer, in hopes of bringing powerful and less toxic tools to pediatric oncologists. Hyundai Hope On Wheels Scholar Grants support principal investigators known as Hyundai Scholars in research and clinical programs aimed at improving the lives of children battling pediatric cancer.
During Tuesday's ceremony, Kathleen Hennessey, vice president, government affairs for Hyundai Motor Company, congratulated the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Pediatric Oncology for its accomplishments in the field of pediatric cancer research. The Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center has received $885,000 from Hope On Wheels since 2005.
"Hyundai Motor America has been a long-time champion of childhood cancer research and we are greatly appreciative of their unwavering support. We share a mutual goal – finding cures for all childhood cancers. These types of funding sources are even more critical in these days of federal cutbacks of research funding," said Donald Small, M.D., Ph.D., director of the pediatric oncology division at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
The Hyundai Scholar Grant was officially presented during a Hope On Wheels Handprint Ceremony at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Pediatric Oncology on Tuesday, August 13 at 10:00 a.m. Baltimore-area children battling cancer shared their inspirational stories and dipped their handprints in colorful paint, celebrating the courageous lives of the children faced with cancer and bringing the Hope On Wheels community of supporters together.
"Hyundai and its dealers remain committed to helping children in the fight against pediatric cancer," said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "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. We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Johns Hopkins and the important work they do every day in the fight against childhood cancer."
Marking its 15th year in the fight against pediatric cancer, Hope On Wheels will surpass $72 million in research and programmatic grants to pediatric cancer institutions nationwide by the end of 2013. For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels, please visit www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org.
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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. Primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 U.S. dealers. At the end of its 15th year, Hyundai Hope On Wheels will have awarded more than $72 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.
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