Hyundai Hope On Wheels donates $75,000 grant for research

Published: Jul. 15, 2013 at 10:04 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Hyundai Hope On Wheels will award Levine Children's Hospital with a $75,000 grant on Wednesday, July 17.

Dr. Javier Oesterheld will receive the Hyundai Scholars Grant to support his research of pediatric cancer.

"So much of what we are able to do is made possible by generous community supporters like the Hyundai Hope on Wheels program," Dr. Oesterheld says in a statement.

The nonprofit organization has donated $350,000 to Levine Children's Hospital, the main campus of Carolinas Medical Center, since 2005.

This particular grant will be presented to Dr. Oesterheld at a handprint ceremony at the hospital on Wednesday.

During the ceremony, Charlotte-area children battling cancer will use finger paint to place their handprints on a white 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, the official vehicle of Hope On Wheels.

The goal of the Hyundai Scholars Grant is to provide clinical programs aimed at improving the lives of children battling pediatric cancer.

Hyundai is the primary funder of Hope On Wheels, which has generated $72 million in donations toward pediatric cancer research since its inception in 1998.

"Hyundai and its dealers remain committed to helping children in the fight against pediatric cancer," says John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.  "While cure rates approach 80 percent for some forms of pediatric cancer, far too many children and families are devastated by the disease."

The funds generated by Hope On Wheels have provided vital support in the fight against cancer to nonprofit children's hospitals across the nation.

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