Posted Thursday, July 19, 2012
On Wednesday, July 18, Hyundai Hope On Wheels and Providence-area Hyundai dealers awarded Hasbro Children’s Hospital a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant to Nadine Sauer, M.D. The grant supports Dr. Sauer’s research work focusing on whether an individual’s genetic makeup can predict their vulnerability to chemotherapy-related toxicities. The goal is to modify treatments to minimize side effects. Hasbro Children’s Hospital is one of 43 recipients of the Hope On Wheels 2012 Hyundai Scholar Grant, which supports principal investigators—known as Hyundai Scholars—in their efforts to improve the lives of children battling pediatric cancer.
“Dr. Sauer’s research is a vital piece of the fight to find a cure for childhood cancer and to better the quality of life for children battling this disease,” said Cindy Schwartz, M.D., director of hematology/oncology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. “Our institution has received $290,000 from Hope On Wheels since 2010, and Hyundai continues to be an important supporter of our pediatric cancer research program. Their investment in our work has made a tremendous impact.”
The $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant to Dr. Sauer was officially presented during a Hope On Wheels handprint ceremony at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, where children affected by cancer dipped their hands in colorful paint and placed their handprints on a new Hyundai Tucson, the official vehicle of the program. Every handprint ceremony celebrates the courageous lives of the children faced with cancer and brings Hope On Wheels’ community of supporters together.
In addition to the $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant, Hasbro Children’s Hospital is also being awarded with an additional up to $10,000 toward the purchase of personal technology and electronics as part of the Hyundai Hot Spot Award, which is designed to bolster hospital activities for teen patients.
“We see Hope On Wheels as a critical part of our mission at Hyundai,” said John Krafcik, president and chief executive officer 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.”
Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, R.I., is the premier pediatric facility for clinical care, research and education for Rhode Island and surrounding southeastern New England. A private, not-for-profit institution, it is the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is the principal teaching hospital of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a founding member of Lifespan. In 2011, the hospital received more than $55 million in external research funding. For more information visit www.hasbrochildrenshospital.org, like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/hasbrochildrenshospitalpage or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/HasbroChildrens
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 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. Over the course of the year, 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. 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. For more information, please visit www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org.
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