With the goal of one day finding a cure for all childhood cancers, the
Hyundai Dealers Association and Hyundai Motor America have renewed
their alliance with CureSearch National Childhood Cancer Foundation by pledging to contribute funds and raise awareness for pediatric cancer research.
The 2006 national “Hope On Wheels” tour officially took to the road on March 29th from Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), one of the more than 200 Children’s Oncology Group member institutions in North America supported by CureSearch.
The “Hope on Wheels” tour will travel from Southern California to an additional 22 states, visiting 30 Children’s Oncology Member institutions while gathering colorful handprints from kids as a symbol of hope for finding a cure for the number one disease killer of children.
We saw the vehicle on display at the Detroit Auto Show and it is a site to behold. The little handprints all over the vehicle are just heartwarming and moving. You can read their individual stories here.
At every “handprint ceremony” on the national tour, CureSearch and Hyundai dealers will join medical staff, and children with cancer and their families for a check presentation to help fund pediatric cancer research. Hyundai dealers and Hyundai Motor America have pledged to raise $1.25 million this year by contributing a portion of every Hyundai sold in the U.S. Through these unprecedented efforts, Hyundai has contributed more than $7 million to the cause of pediatric cancer research since 1998.
Adding her handprint to the Hyundai Tucson at CHOC was Francesca Arnaudo (pictured) who is the Hyundai “Hope on Wheels” 2006 national spokes-kid. Francesca, a 9-year-old from Northern California who twice in her young life has fought the devastating effects of cancer, was selected after Hyundai conducted a nationwide search to find a pediatric cancer survivor who could share a personal inspirational story and message of hope with other kids and families.
“It’s important for kids and their families to know that they aren’t alone in their battle against cancer. The handprints on the Hyundai Tucson are a reminder that kids everywhere are looking forward to reaching the day when there’s a cure for pediatric cancer,” said Francesca Arnaudo, the Hyundai Hope On Wheels 2006 national spokes-kid.
“I’m proud to be one of Hyundai’s 700 dealers across the country committed to supporting pediatric cancer research and care,” said Scott Fink, owner of Hyundai of New Port Richey in Florida, and the president of the national Hyundai Dealer Association. “Through the Hyundai “Hope On Wheels” program, not only are we helping to find a cure for childhood cancer, we’re also celebrating treatment milestones in the lives of these brave young people battling, and beating, this disease.”
Hyundai dealers this year have also announced the creation of a new
Hyundai “Hope On Wheels” educational scholarship to assist
college-bound high school seniors who have battled cancer. U.S. Hyundai
dealers are awarding $2,500 scholarships to each of 10 young adults
around the country. Applications for the scholarship can be found at
the Hyundai “Hope On Wheels” Web site, www.hyundaihopeonwheels.com, and
CureSearch online at www.curesearch.org.
Hyundai’s support of childhood cancer research began in 1998 through the efforts of Boston-area Hyundai dealers and their donations benefiting The Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Additional support then followed to other children’s hospitals throughout America through the Hyundai “Hope On Wheels” tour and their alliance with CureSearch.