Hyundai hope on wheels, congressional leaders and local children’s hospitals honor national childhood cancer awareness month on september 19, 2013

Hyundai Hope On Wheels Hyundai Nonprofit Donates $10.25 M to 41 U.S. Pediatric Cancer Hospitals and Research Institutions During September’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – a time to bring awareness to childhood cancer and recognize the young lives impacted by the disease. While pediatric cancer is relatively rare and research has created cure rates upwards of 80%, pediatric cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for children in the United States. There are 15,000 new cases diagnosed each year and one in five of these children will not survive the disease.   Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) is committed to helping kids fight cancer by providing funding for research and treatment, and through increasing awareness for the disease.  Since its inception in 1998, Hope On Wheels has provided over $72.6 million in life saving grants.

 This month, Hope On Wheels will donate $10.25 million to forty-one (41) children’s hospitals and institutions across the United States in support of continued medical research and programs that improve quality of life for children with cancer. Hyundai will be joined by members of the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, policymakers, Hyundai executives and dealers, practitioners and patients as it announces the accomplishments of the Hope On Wheels program. Special recognition will also be given to the local Washington, D.C. area hospitals that have received Hope Grants; including Children’s National Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Additionally, Dr. Crystal L. Mackall, Chief, Pediatric Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute, will serve as the keynote speaker. Dr. Mackall will provide an overview of the current state of pediatric oncology, particularly around the ground breaking research being conducted throughout the industry.

What:                      Hyundai Hope On Wheels press conference, bringing awareness to childhood cancer during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Who:                        Hyundai Hope On Wheels, leading pediatric oncologists, families with children impacted by cancer, Hyundai executives and dealers, elected officials and other industry leaders

Coverage opportunities include:

  • John Krafcik, President & CEO, Hyundai Motor America
  • CJ George, Hope On Wheels National Youth Ambassador
  • Dr. Crystal L. Mackall, Chief, Pediatric Oncology Branch, National Cancer Institute
  • Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)
  • Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX)
  • Rep. G.K.  Butterfield (D-NC)
  • Ambassador Ahn Ho-young, Korean Ambassador to the United States
  • Mickey Pong, Chairman of Board, Hope On Wheels
  • Zafar Brooks, Executive Program Director, Hope On Wheels
  • Dr. Peter Adamson, Chairman, Children’s Oncology Group
  • Hyundai Executives
  • Pediatric cancer survivors

Why:  On Thursday, September 19, Hyundai Hope On Wheels will hold a press event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., as part of its fourth annual September Hope Grants program. These grants will support continued medical research and programs that improve quality of life for children with cancer. An important highlight of the event will be the recognition of local hospitals that are September Hope Grant winners: Children’s National Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, along with the forty-one (41) other hospitals and institutions nationwide that have received Hope Grants.

When:                     Thursday, September 19, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Where:                   Rayburn House Office Building

Gold Room

Washington, D.C.