DALLAS, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Hope On Wheels® (HHOW) and Dallas-area Hyundai dealers will present Children's Medical Center Foundation with a $150,000 Young Investigator Grant to be used to expand the knowledge base of pediatric cancer and improve the standards of care. Children's Medical Center Foundation, in partnership with UT Southwestern Medical Center, was one of 10 recipients across the country selected from nonprofit Children's Oncology Group (COG) member institutions after a rigorous grading process.
The $150,000 Young Investigator Grant will be presented during a Handprint Ceremony on September 2, during which the handprints of local Dallas-area brave young cancer patients will be captured on a white 2016 Hyundai Tucson – the Hyundai Hope On Wheels hero vehicle – to commemorate their fight against the disease. The ceremony will also feature:
- Dr. Kenneth Chen, Pediatric Oncologist Children's Medical Center Dallas; Assistant Instructor of Pediatrics, UT Southwestern Medical Center
- Tom Hetrick, General Manager, South Central Region, Hyundai Motor America
- George Donaldson, General Manager, Van Hyundai
"Our mission at Hyundai Hope On Wheels is clear: End Childhood Cancer," said Dave Zuchowski, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "These individual awards to hospitals and organizations across the country are pivotal to ending childhood cancer. Although there remains a lot more work to be done, the innovation that comes from this research will ultimately help us find a cure. To all the kids, families and cancer researchers fighting this terrible disease – you are not alone, and we remain committed to this important cause."