We were asked to participate in the #EndChildhoodCancer campaign, sponsored by Hyundai Hope On Wheels. Although we have been compensated, all opinions are our own.
Most people who follow our site are aware of the fact that childhood cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children. You probably also know that the National Cancer Institute only gives 4% of its funding to research for childhood cancer. What you might not know is that Hyundai Hope On Wheels (HHOW) is an organization committed to helping end childhood cancer and to filling in the funding gap with research grants. In the 18 years that the program has been running, they have donated over $115 million to pediatric cancer research.
Hope on Wheels is primarily funded by Hyundai Motor America and its more than 830 U.S. dealers. It is an organization that is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. That is a goal that we can definitely get behind!
We’ve personally been touched by this amazing program. Millie was able to speak at the grant presentation at Primary Children’s in 2012, when one of her doctors, Dr. Anupam Verma received a grant for her work to develop an advanced test for monitoring the response to therapy in children with acute leukemias. So when Hyundai Hope on Wheels asked us to let you all know about this program, the answer was immediately obvious.
Every two years, a child who has survived cancer is chosen to be the National Youth Ambassador for the organization. The Youth Ambassador travels the country sharing his/her story and provides encouragement to other children battling the disease. On March 24, 2016, during the HHOW launch event in New York City, the world will be introduced to the two National Youth Ambassadors, Hannah Adams and Ryan Darby. Hannah Adams, is a 12-year-old Jacksonville, FL resident, and Ryan Darby, is a 12-year-old Bethesda, MD Native.
Hannah was first diagnosed with a Stage 3 Wilms tumor that enveloped her kidney at 5.5 years old. She is a brave young cancer fighter, who says “I am VERY passionate about finding a cure; I want to inspire people, as well as help kids and their families through their fight.”
Ryan was 6 when he was first diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). He says about fighting pediatric cancer, “I want the whole world to know, that this is a disease that we can beat! It is going to take more than one 12 year old boy to beat cancer, but I have done it before and I won’t stop until we do it again together!”
And a neat part of this event is a handprint ceremony where kids put paint on their hands and “stamp” their hands on a new Hyundai car. This represents the hopes, dreams and journeys of kids with cancer, serving as a very special reminder of why this cause is so important.
Another inspiring part of the launch event is HHOW will also recognize the four 2016 Hyundai Quantum Award winners, each of whom will be awarded a $1 million grant for pediatric cancer research. Quantum winners are:
- The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) – Richard Aplenc, MD, PhD, MSCE
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, MA) – Loren D. Walensky, MD, PhD
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA) – Soheil Meshinchi, MD, PhD and Marie Bleakley, MD, PhD
- University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) – Duane A. Mitchell, MD, PhD
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