Hope on Wheels to give special recognition to DC hospitals

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Hyundai Hope on Wheels is donating $9 million to 36 hospitals and institutions nationwide in support of medical research and programs that improve the quality of life for children with cancer.

Wednesday,

Hyundai Hope On Wheels

awarded Children's National Health System a $250,000 Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant to fund childhood cancer research led by Dr. Catherine Bollard during a Handprint Ceremony. Dr. Bollard will use the funds to complete a study evaluating the safety and efficacy of using T cells in high-risk patients with acute leukemia or Hodgkin's Lymphoma after bone marrow transplant.

Hope On Wheels commemorated D.C.-area children affected by cancer by capturing their handprints on a white Hyundai Sonata.

On Friday, Hope On Wheels representatives as well as members of the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus, policymakers, Hyundai executives and dealers, practitioners and patients will announce accomplishments of its annual September program at the Cannon House Office Building in D.C. Representatives say special recognition will be given to D.C. metro area hospitals that are receiving Scholar Hope Grants, including Children's National Medical Center and Inova Children's Hospital.

Hope On Wheels was created in 1998 and has provided over $87 million in life saving grants.


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