We can ALL Help End Childhood Cancer with Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a sponsored post.
Ever since I had the pleasure of meeting Kelly, a teenager who battled Stage IV cancer with unfailing bravery and courage in the face of very tough challenges and unfortunately lost her battle in 2008, I’ve been determined to raise funds to support others like her. Children who DESPITE battling cancer-still do their best to live full, productive lives. I remember this overwhelming feeling of helplessness as I watched her parents say goodbye to their daughter and in that moment all I could think of was- how gut-wrenching and unfair that a parent should have to bury their child.
We can ALL Help End Childhood Cancer with Hyundai Hope On Wheels
And the facts are SOBERING: Childhood cancer is much more common than we would like to believe. While extraordinary progress has been made in cancer treatments, the journey back to a healthy life can be a long one. For these kids, returning to school means additional challenges, from maintaining friendships to keeping up with schoolwork. And families like that of Kelly’s need all the support and love we can shower them with as they soldier through an unimaginable cancer diagnosis and treatment for their child. And We can ALL Help End Childhood Cancer with Hyundai Hope On Wheels®–we don’t have to just stand by and watch- we can do something to help alleviate their pain and work to enhance the quality of their lives as they try and live with and hopefully defeat the cancer. Which is why it was a privilege to partner with (HHOW), a 501c3 nonprofit organization at their annual launch event at the New York International Auto Show to recognize the grant award-winning institutions, doctors, and children affected by pediatric cancer.
Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, Hyundai Hope On Wheels provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease. HHOW is one of the largest non-profit funders of pediatric cancer research in the country, and primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 835 U.S. dealers. Since its inception, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $130 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.
It was an honor to help them celebrate their 20th year in the fight against pediatric cancer at the NY Auto show this past week. and announces plans to exceed $145 million toward pediatric cancer research. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, its campaign theme for this year is: 20 years of saving lives and creating hope, in the fight to end childhood cancer. HHOW also introduced two new 2018 National Youth Ambassadors: Elizabeth Blair (11) and Carter Gates (12). The launch event was hosted by awarding winning journalist and multimedia personality Soledad O’Brien, and featured special musical performances by Broadway’s Betsy Wolfe, Alton Fitzgerald White and the Broadway Youth Ensemble.
Hope Is Always Worth Fighting For
HHOW is committed to increasing awareness and celebrating the lives of child cancer survivors. Kids who fight cancer are brave, courageous and represent hope. They often go devastating treatments on their road to cure. Many continue with life-long health related issues as a consequence of cure. Their goal is to help kids not only survive, but to ensure these kids thrive in their lives after the disease. This year, they welcomed two new National Youth Ambassadors, who both spoke so eloquently at the launch event. Elizabeth Blair, 11 years old, is from Phoenix, AZ. Carter Gates is 12 years old, from Colorado Springs, CO featured below. These two incredible pediatric cancer survivors will travel the country for the next two years sharing their message of hope. They not only fought pediatric cancer, but they continue to win in life. Click this video to learn more about Elizabeth and Carter.
Check out some of the inspiring words and songs from this emotional and uplifting event below and more information about this incredible initiative!
One group that deserves our attention is children with cancer. And we can make an impact. We can ALL Help End Childhood Cancer with Hyundai Hope On Wheels
HHOW Grants Tour & Youth Ambassadors
The HHOW Grants Tour is a nationwide effort from April to October to travel the country presenting grant checks ranging from $100,000 to $2.5 million to selected children’s hospitals and institution. At each event, they conduct their signature handprint ceremony, at which kids get to put their hands in paint and place it on the HHOW hero vehicle, 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe.
These color handprints represent the dreams, journey and hopes of kids fighting cancer. They allow kids from across the nation to join hands in with a common purpose to fight this dreaded disease. Each doctor-grant recipient receives HHOW lab coat and is named a Hyundai Scholar.
Approximately 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in the U.S. This year HHOW travels the nation in a Hyundai Santa Fe – the official hope vehicle, to the children’s hospital grant winners. The vehicle serves as a canvas for hope, covered with handprints collected from children across the country battling this disease. In September, National Pediatric Cancer Awareness month, HHOW will announce a series of events across the nation to bring greater awareness about the issue. Supporters and followers of HHOW are invited to post photos or messages on social media using hashtag #EndChildhoodCancer.
Funding Research to Find A Cure
In 2018, fifty-three (53) new institutions will receive a combined $15 million in pediatric cancer research grants. HHOW offers pediatric cancer research grants for Children’s Oncology of America member institutions in the U.S. The grant winners are chosen by a peer-reviewed and competitive selection process. There are five HHOW grant categories: Impact Grant ($100,000), Young Investigator Grant ($200,000), Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant ($300,000), Hyundai Quantum Grant ($1 million) and the new Quantum Collaboration Grant ($2.5 million). Applications are graded by a panel of scientific reviewers, for their innovation and potential to increase discovery.
For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels and to view a list of their 2018 Hope On Wheels grant winners and how you can help please visit www.hyundaihopeonwheels.org/research. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at facebook.com/HyundaiHopeOnWheels , twitter.com/HopeOnWheels or Instagram.com/HyundaiHopeOnWheels.