Hyundai Hope On Wheels™ Donates $100,000 to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital to Help Fight Childhood Cancer
10/07/10 Portland, Ore.
“Hyundai Gives Hope on Wheels” event is part of national Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
WHAT: Local Hyundai dealers and representatives from Hyundai Motor America will present a $100,000 “Hope Grant” to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in support of research dedicated to improving the lives of children with cancer. Pediatric cancer patients and their families will join OHSU Doernbecher administration and staff in receiving the award.
Hyundai’s donation will specifically support the work of Charles Keller, M.D., F.A.A.P., a pediatric oncology researcher in the Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital; and a member of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Keller’s research focuses on molecularly targeted therapies for the treatment of the childhood muscle cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma, and the childhood brain tumor, medulloblastoma.
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.
Media are invited join a tour of Dr. Keller’s lab, which will begin prior to the event at 9:30 a.m. Please call Tamara Hargens-Bradley if you’d like to attend.
WHERE: OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, 700 S.W. Campus Drive, in the vehicle turnaround near the eternal flame.
DETAILS: To commemorate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Hyundai Hope on Wheels is working to raise awareness of childhood cancer with a national television ad, materials in its dealerships, and donations totaling $6.8 million. “Hope Grants” will be given too hospitals and nonprofit organizations across the country. Hyundai Motor America and its dealers joined the fight against childhood cancer in 1998 and created a program called Hyundai Hope on Wheels. At the end of this year, Hope on Wheels will have donated more than $23 million to fight childhood cancer. For more information about the program please visit www.hyundaihopeonwheels.org.
Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States ages 1 to 14. Every day, approximately 40 children, the size of an elementary school classroom, are diagnosed with cancer, which adds up to almost 15,000 new cases of childhood cancer diagnosed annually.