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Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K benefits CHOC Children’s

Nearly 1,000 people participated in the event, which benefited the Hyundai Cancer Institute.

By Karly BarkerPublished: September 06, 2011 03:02 PM

Nearly 1,000 came together for this years Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K, which benefits the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s. John Krafcik, President and CEO of Hyundai Motors, attended the event and led a Life Family Fun Day as part of the festivities.
 
“For 13 years, Hyundai Hope on Wheels has been working with institutions such as CHOC Children’s in the fight against childhood cancer,” said Krafcik. “The support of both communities and our more than 800 dealers have been critical in this journey, and we are continuously looking for new wants to engage the community and raise funds. We couldn’t have asked for a better place than right here in Orange County to hold our first 5K.”

Race participants and Hyundai Motors provided the local children’s hospital with a $50,000 grant for research on sarcoma.

“Hyundai's support is invaluable as we strive to better diagnose, treat, and ultimately cure pediatric cancer, especially for sarcomas, a group of rare and aggressive tumors which have been relatively underfunded and which there has been little improvement in cure rates over the last 25 years,” said Dr. Elyssa Rubin, CHOC Children’s grant recipient. “With the partnership between the CHOC Children’s Cancer Institute and Hyundai, we will change this.”

The race was one of the first stops for the Hyundai Drive 4 Hope tour, which features Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle.  The car will travel more than 4,500 miles over the next month to support National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by visiting hospitals and donating grants.
 
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