PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Hyundai Hope On Wheels® recently presented OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital with a $250,000 Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant. The grant funds will support the research of principal investigator Dr. Peter Kurre.
This award is part of the organization’s efforts during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. In September alone, Hope On Wheels will award 40 research grants totaling $8.5 million to institutions nationwide. This brings the organization’s donation total to $130 million since Hyundai joined the fight against pediatric cancer in 1998. With this latest grant, Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $1.7 million to OHSU Doernbecher.
“September is a special time for all of us at Hyundai because it’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a time when we honor the courageous children battling cancer while also funding the doctors and researchers that are working tirelessly to provide care and develop new treatments,” said Scott Fink, chairman, Hyundai Hope On Wheels Board of Directors. “Throughout the month we will share stories of brave children battling cancer through our campaign theme called ‘Every Handprint Tells A Story’ and invite the public to join our fight.”
The $250,000 Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant was officially presented to Dr. Kurre on Monday, September 11, 2017. Doctors and researchers that receive a grant from Hope On Wheels are named Hyundai Scholars and are presented with a special lab coat.
During the event, Portland-area children battling cancer participated in the program’s signature Handprint Ceremony, in which they dipped their hands in paint and placed their handprints on a commemorative canvas and lab coat. Their colorful handprints represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes and dreams.
The Hope On Wheels September campaign theme is ‘Every Handprint Tells A Story.’ This theme recognizes that there are many stakeholders in the fight to end childhood cancer – the child, family, doctors, nurses, caregivers and researchers. The public is encouraged to visit our website at HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org to view videos of child cancer fighters, learn about the work of Hope On Wheels-funded researchers or add a virtual handprint of support on the website. Supporters are also asked to join our movement to End Childhood Cancer and to share our stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels and to view a complete list of this year’s grant winners, please visit HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org/research. Follow