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.
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 in NYC inviting pedestrians to place handprints on the Hope Vehicle staged on the plaza flatiron building and meet the incredible performer Doug E. Fresh who inspired the crowd to give back to this wonderful cause!
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.
Hyundai Hope On Wheels® (HHOW) 2019 Campaign
The campaign theme for 2019 NYC’s Hyundai Hope On Wheels® (HHOW), a 501c3 nonprofit
organization of Hyundai Motor America, is “Minutes are Precious”. Every 36 minutes a child is diagnosed with
pediatric cancer, affecting over 15,000 new cases for children and adolescents annually in the U.S. Every
minute is precious, every second matters and every day we fight to find a cure for the disease. Check out
their campaign video.
When a child is fighting pediatric cancer, they often miss so many milestones of childhood – a first day of
school, a birthday party with friends, a bike ride in the park, a musical recital, or a vacation with family.
We recognize the importance of these milestones which provide the simple joys of childhood and that
make life so precious. By supporting innovative research and novel therapy, our goal is to insure every
child wins their fight.
HHOW remains one of the largest funders of pediatric cancer research and this year will reach $160
million in total lifetime funding towards finding a cure. Grants are awarded to Children’s Oncology
Group® (COG) institutions in the U.S. Grants are selected by an independent peer reviewed committee
of pediatric oncologist. HHOW grants are offered five categories: Impact Award ($100,000), Young
Investigator Grant ($200,000), Scholar Hope Grant ($300,000), Quantum Grant ($1 million), and
Quantum Collaboration Grant ($2.5 million).
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. Returning for a second year, Ms. Elizabeth Blair (age 12 of Phoenix, AZ) and Carter Gates (age 14 of Colorado Springs, CO) served as the 2019 National Youth Ambassadors. Each will travel the country visiting children’s hospitals and attending events to share their unique messages of hope and
Check out some of the inspiring words and songs from this emotional and uplifting event below and more information about this incredible initiative!
HHOW 2019 Grants Tour
The HHOW Grants Tour is a nationwide effort from April to September, which travels the country
presenting grant checks to selected children’s hospitals and institutions. At each event, we conduct our
signature handprint ceremony, at which kids get to put their hands in paint and place it on the HHOW
hero vehicles, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, Tucson, or Kona vehicle. These vehicles serve as a canvas for
hope, covered with handprints collected from children across the country battling this disease. 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.
In September, National Pediatric Cancer Awareness month, HHOW will announce a series of events 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.
For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels and to view a list of our 2019 Hope On Wheels
grant winners, please visit www.hyundaihopeonwheels.org/research. You can also follow us on
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at facebook.com/HyundaiHopeOnWheels , twitter.com/HopeOnWheels