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Handprints, serenade mark Hyundai gift to CHOC Children’s

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra performance celebrates Hope On Wheels donation

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: April 18, 2012 03:05 PM

Dr. Leonard Sender, director of the Hyundai
Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's
Hyundai Motor America has presented a second installment of a $10 million grant to CHOC Children’s, part of the automaker’s ongoing Hyundai Hope on Wheels initiative, working towards raising money for pediatric cancer research.

Hyundai’s latest gift is part of a five-year, $10 million grant contribution to support the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s. Earlier this week, representatives from Hyundai and Hope On Wheels joined doctors and staff from CHOC Children’s, as well as patients and families, at the Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa.

To accompany the presentation of the $2 million check, Orange County-area children receiving pediatric cancer treatment will participate in a signature Handprint Ceremony, adding their prints to a Hyundai vehicle. The presentation was followed by a performance by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Maestro Myung-Whun Chung.

"As we continue to strengthen our longstanding relationship with CHOC Children's, one of the best children's hospitals in the nation, we look forward to seeing results in the coming years," said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "Funding innovative research programs that will have a real impact on fighting this deadly disease is our mission at Hyundai, and our partnership with CHOC Children's is critical in that goal."

Hyundai’s donation to CHOC Children’s is already being used to research and develop effective, individualized treatment for patients, using the latest advances in genomic medicine.

"I am really excited to see what the data is going to reveal," said Dr. Leonard Sender, director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's. "We are now on our way to realizing the initial goal of the Hyundai Cancer Institute Genomic Research Program –– providing pediatric oncologists with information that will allow them to make better decisions about targeted, precision therapy in patients with refractory or recurrent cancer."

Throughout the year, Hyundai Hope On Wheels contributions through Hyundai Scholar Grants and Hyundai Hope Grants will total $12 million to pediatric cancer research programs at children’s hospitals throughout the nation. The end of 2012 will mark 14 years of pediatric cancer research fundraising for Hyundai Hope On Wheels, and surpass a milestone of $57 million in total donations, putting the organization at the forefront of pediatric cancer research contributors in the country.

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