BOISE, Idaho, – August 20, 2013 – Hyundai Hope On Wheels® and Boise-area Hyundai dealers awarded St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute with a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant to Dr. Eugenia Chang for her work to aid the mobility and working memory in survivors of childhood cancer. St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute is one of 40 recipients of Hope On Wheels’ 2013 Hyundai Scholar Grant, which supports principal investigators known as Hyundai Scholars. Hyundai Scholars pursue research and implement clinical programs aimed at improving the lives of children battling pediatric cancer.
Over the course of 2013, Hope On Wheels will donate $14 million to children’s hospitals nationwide through its Hyundai Scholar Grant and Hyundai Hope Grant programs. Celebrating its 15th year, Hope On Wheels will surpass $72 million in total donations to pediatric cancer research and programs since its inception in 1998. Since 2010, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute has received $270,000 from Hope On Wheels.
The $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant to Dr. Eugenia Chang will be officially presented during a Hope On Wheels Handprint Ceremony at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute on Tuesday, August 20, at 2:00 p.m. During the ceremony, Boise-area children battling cancer will place their handprints dipped in colorful paint on an official Hope On Wheels lab coat that will be presented to Dr. Chang. Every Handprint Ceremony celebrates the courageous lives of the children faced with cancer and brings Hope On Wheels’ community of supporters together.
Hyundai awarded Dr. Eugenia Chang a $75,000 scholar grant to continue her work in improving the mobility and memory of young cancer survivors.
“We are so excited to be the recipients of the Hyundai Scholar grant. This allows us to develop two very special services to the pediatric Neuro-Oncology clinic at St Luke’s Children’s Hospital. First, we will expand our working memory training program to allow cancer survivors to improve working memory, which affects every aspect of how we function on a day to day basis,” said Dr. Eugenia Change, a pediatric oncologist with St. Luke’s MSTI. “Second, we will expand our physical therapy services to improve how childhood cancer survivors, some after surgeries on arms, legs, or their brains, relearn how to move and get active. Both of these projects aim to help our childhood cancer survivors live better lives”
Hope On Wheels builds public awareness about the importance of this cause and provides funds to nonprofit children’s hospitals across the U.S. for pediatric cancer research and programs. The nonprofit is funded by Hyundai and its U.S. dealers. With every new vehicle sold in the U.S., Hyundai and its dealers make a contribution to Hope On Wheels.
“Hyundai and its dealers remain committed to helping children in the fight against pediatric cancer,” said John Krafcik. “We are dedicated to providing crucial research dollars that will lead to finding cures and better treatment protocols for these precious children impacted by cancer. While cure rates approach 80 percent for some forms of pediatric cancer, far too many children and families are devastated by the disease. We are proud of our 15-year milestone for Hyundai Hope On Wheels, and remain keenly aware that there is much more work to be done.”
This year, Hope On Wheels is focused on “Giving Hope a Hand” and encourages the public to show its support and raise awareness by taking a picture of their hand and posting it on their social media pages using the hashtag #GiveHopeAHand.
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For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels, please visit www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org.
HYUNDAI HOPE ON WHEELS
Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, Hyundai Hope On Wheels provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease. Primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 U.S. dealers. At the end of its 15th year, Hyundai Hope On Wheels will have awarded more than $72 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.
ST. LUKES HEALTH SYSTEM
Founded in Boise in 1902, St. Luke’s Health System is Idaho’s largest and only-locally controlled not-for-profit health care system with six hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum, McCall, Jerome, and Mountain Home, and more than 100 outpatient centers and clinics throughout central and southwest Idaho. St. Luke’s has earned numerous national awards for excellence in patient care. St. Luke’s provides unmatched care in specialized medical fields including cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, women’s services and children’s health care. For more information about St. Luke’s, visit www.stlukesonline.org.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.
For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com.
Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.