The Hyundai Hope on Wheels’ National 2012 5k Run/Walk Series for pediatric cancer research aims to raise $7 million this year. The Costa Mesa-based automaker’s annual fundraiser program plans to kick off its series of events with the first 5k at the UCI campus on September 1 at 7:30 a.m., donating all net proceeds to the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s Hospital.
“As an avid runner myself, I am thrilled to roll out our annual 5k Run/Walk series to support the Hope on Wheels mission of finding a cure for childhood cancer,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “Cancer claims the lives of far too many young children and impacts far too many families. We look forward to extending our work with our Hyundai dealers as well as our race partner organizations to host and sponsor 5ks across the nation to further fund research and help end this disease.”
The second 5k in the series will take place at the Chicago Half Marathon will support the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago on September 9. The final event is a joint fundraiser, coinciding with the 2nd Annual Miami Children’s Hospital 5k on September 27.
Dr. Morris Kletzel, Director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago said, “Hyundai and its dealers are doing more than just talking about the importance of pediatric cancer, they are making a difference with funding that is desperately needed in research.”
Registration has begun online and will include a t-shirt, food and refreshments at the event, a finisher’s medal and more. Pledges are accepted. Participants who raise $2,500 will have the chance to with a trip for two to New York City’s 2013 Hope on Wheels campaign.
“Every 36 minutes a child in the U.S. is diagnosed with cancer. Through research, 80 percent of those cases can be cured, but that’s not good enough,” said Gary Micallef, chairman of the Hyundai Hope On Wheels Foundation and dealer-owner of Hyundai of Everett in Washington. “I can think of no better way for Hope on Wheels to further its efforts in the fight against pediatric cancer than by joining together and running for hope.”
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