WASHINGTON, DC – Hyundai Motor America and its dealers announced today that the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, DC has been selected to receive a gift of $50,000 from Hyundai Hope on Wheels™. The 2010 Hope on Wheels Tour is traveling nationwide to donate more than $2.1 million to childhood cancer research institutions and will be making a stop at Georgetown Lombardi today at 11:00 am to present the check at a ceremonial event.
Aziza T. Shad, MD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Georgetown Lombardi, has been named a 2010 Hyundai Scholar, and will use the funds to support Georgetown Lombardi’s Cancer Survivorship Program. Hyundai helped to establish the program in 2004 and has continued its funding each year. To date, Hyundai has awarded more than $315,000 to further childhood cancer research at Georgetown Lombardi. Dr. Shad will be recognized and Georgetown Lombardi’s childhood cancer patients will take part in the Hope on Wheels Handprint Ceremony, during which they dip their hands in finger paint and apply their colorful handprints to a white Hyundai Santa Fe. The car, which is covered in children’s handprints from all over the country, is the symbol of Hyundai Hope on Wheels.
“We are inspired every day by the brave children we meet at our Handprint Ceremonies,” said Don Reilly, co-owner of Alexandria Hyundai. “When the kids place their handprints on the car, we are honoring their brave battles against cancer, commemorating their triumphs and sharing their hope for the future with other children and their families across the country.”
“On behalf of Hyundai dealers across the country, Hope on Wheels is honored to continue its support for childhood cancer research in 2010 and recognize the brave children who are battling this disease,” said Oscar Leeser, President of the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Foundation and dealer owner of Hyundai of El Paso in El Paso, Texas. “We are proud to be able to award research grants to the Hyundai Scholars – they are the pediatric oncologists whose unwavering dedication to research helps to care for children facing cancer and gives them hope for a healthy future.”
This year Hyundai Hope on Wheels marks 12 years of commitment to childhood cancer research efforts. Hyundai and its dealers have given more than $14 million to children’s hospitals nationwide and collected hundreds of handprints from children fighting childhood cancer. More information and the complete list of more than 40 stops on the 2010 Hyundai Hope on Wheels Tour is available at www.hyundaihopeonwheels.org.
GEORGETOWN LOMBARDI COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER
The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital, seeks to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic and clinical research, patient care, community education and outreach, and the training of cancer specialists of the future. Georgetown Lombardi is only one of 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, and the only one in the Washington, DC area.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, 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 all 780 dealerships nationwide.
HYUNDAI HOPE ON WHEELS
Hyundai Hope on Wheels™ is the united effort of the all 780 Hyundai dealers across the U.S. to raise awareness about childhood cancer and celebrate the lives of children battling the disease. Hyundai and its dealers have given more than $14 million to pediatric cancer research and is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.