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Birmingham, Alabama – June 26, 2012 – Hyundai Hope On Wheels® and Birmingham-area Hyundai dealers will today award University of Alabama at Birmingham Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology at Children’s of Alabama with a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant to support the pediatric cancer research of Dr. Stuart Cramer. His research will focus on the use of promising new drug MLN8237, an Aurora A kinase inhibitor, in treating children with neuroblastoma. UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology at Children’s of Alabama is one of 43 recipients of Hope On Wheels’ 2012 Hyundai Scholar Grant, which supports principal investigators, known as Hyundai Scholars, who are pursuing research to improve the lives of children battling pediatric cancer.
Over the course of 2012, Hope On Wheels will donate $12 million to children’s hospitals nationwide for pediatric cancer research through its Hyundai Scholar Grant and Hyundai Hope Grant programs. By year-end 2012, Hope On Wheels plans to surpass $57 million in total donations to pediatric cancer research since its inception in 1998.
"We see Hope On Wheels as a critical part of our mission at Hyundai,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "Pediatric cancer takes far too many young lives and impacts far too many families. We are proud to work with our Hyundai dealers to fund research to end this disease. We congratulate each doctor and institution receiving our grants, and commend them for the important work they are doing.”
The $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant to Dr. Stuart Cramer will be officially presented during a Hope On Wheels handprint ceremony at Children’s of Alabama on Wednesday, June 26 at 10 a.m. where children across the state of Alabama battling cancer will place their handprints in colorful paint on a new Hyundai Tucson, the official vehicle of the program, to commemorate their battles with cancer. Every handprint ceremony celebrates the courageous lives of the children faced with cancer and brings Hope On Wheels’ community of supporters together.
“Neuroblastoma is a cancer that accounts for nearly 15% of cancer deaths in children, and even with recent advancement in treatment options overall survival remains poor for patients with high risk disease, said Dr. Stuart Cramer, 2012 Hyundai Scholar, UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology at Children’s of Alabama. “The Hyundai Hope on Wheels Scholar’s Grant will allow me the opportunity to continue to investigate the role drug resistant transporters play in neuroblastoma disease progression. I appreciate their support and vision of improving survival of difficult to treat pediatric malignancies. With their support, young investigators will have the opportunity to find a cure.”
Hope On Wheels primarily provides funds to nonprofit children’s hospitals across the U.S. for pediatric cancer research, and strives to build public awareness about the importance of this cause. The program is funded by Hyundai and its U.S. dealers. With every new vehicle sold in the U.S., Hyundai customers join Hyundai and its dealers in funding important life-saving research.
During National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September, Hope On Wheels will launch its third annual campaign to raise awareness about pediatric cancer and the need to fund critical research to find a cure. As part of its Hyundai Hope Grant program, Hope On Wheels will award 36 grants of $250,000 each to children’s hospitals across the country. Recipients of these grants will be announced in September.
For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels, please visit www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide.
HYUNDAI HOPE ON WHEELS
Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is the united effort of Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 dealers across the U.S. to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to celebrate the lives of children battling the disease. For 2012, Hyundai Hope On Wheels plans to surpass $57 million in total donations to childhood cancer research since the program began in 1998. Hyundai Hope On Wheels is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
The UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology is a component of the UAB Department of Pediatrics and the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Division’s programs are housed in “The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders” at Children’s of Alabama.