Hyundai Hope on Wheels funds pediatric cancer research
In the United States alone, more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Since 1998, Hyundai Hope on Wheels has made funding research into the advancement of treatments a priority, and with this year’s contribution of 15 million, Hyundai Hope on Wheels will have donated more than $200 million over the life of the organization.
Melanie Camp spoke with Kevin Reilly, Hope on Wheels board member and Hyundai dealer, and Oliver Foster, a 10-year-old cancer survivor.
Kevin Reilly says Hope on Wheels started 24 years ago and it was a group of Hyundai dealers from Boston who wanted to fund childhood cancer research in the Boston area at Dana Farber, so they donated $75 for every strikeout a Boston Red Sox hit. pitcher threw . He says little effort was put into all of New England and then my dad, a Hyundai dealer in Washington, said that a lot of money is needed for childhood cancer research in New York, Washington DC, LA, anywhere in between, so he said let’s take this nationally and 24 years ago Hyundai Hope on Wheels was born and in our 24 year history we have donated over $200 million dollars to childhood cancer research.
Kevin says research is unlocking cures and what we’ve found in the 24 years of fighting childhood cancer is that there’s no shortage of great ideas from these brilliant researchers across the country. What’s short, he says, is money and that’s where Hyundai Hope on Wheels steps in and we fund these brilliant researchers, and we help them unlock cures for childhood cancer.
When asked why it’s important for everyone to get behind something like this and help, 10-year-old cancer survivor Oliver Foster says we need to help because it’s very important to fund research, raise money. and to give hope to other children with cancer, so that children no longer have to experience what I went through.
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