Media Advisory: Hyundai Hope on Wheels Handprint Ceremony Tuesday Morning

August 24, 2009


Hyundai Hope on Wheels Donates $50,000 to Nationwide Childrens Hospital to Fight Childhood Cancer
Handprint Ceremony on August 25 will commemorate the brave battles of local childhood cancer patients

Childhood cancer patients and their families who have received treatment at Nationwide Childrens Hospital will join Hyundai and its dealers to present Kerry Powell, MD, with a check for $50,000. Dr. Powell has been selected as one of thirty-one 2009 Hyundai Scholars nationwide and the donation will support her research into rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children and adolescents, accounting for 5-8 percent of childhood cancers.

After the check presentation, the childhood cancer patients from Nationwide Childrens will place their colorful handprints on a white Hyundai Santa Fe to represent their courageous battles and share their hope with other children and families across the country.

Hyundai and its dealers have donated more than $12.4 million since 1998 to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. In 1998 New England-area Hyundai dealers began raising funds to support the Jimmy Fund at Bostons Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Since then the program has grown to fund hospitals and research institutions nationwide and is supported by all of Hyundais nearly 800 dealers. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Tuesday, August 25
10 a.m.

Nationwide Childrens Hospital
555 S. 18th St.
Columbus, Ohio 43205
*Event will take place outside of the Education Building at this entrance; media parking available in visitors parking garage also located at this hospital entrance

Photo/Interview Opportunities:
-Childhood cancer patients placing colorful handprints on the Hyundai Santa Fe
-Award presentation and introduction of Hyundai Scholar
-Hyundai dealers and hospital representatives available for interviews
-Children and their parents available to talk about fighting childhood cancer

Media Contact:
Lisa Christiansen, Allison & Partners for Hyundai Hope on Wheels
(310) 496-4448 or (310) 350-0364             

Mary Ellen Peacock, Nationwide Childrens Hospital
(614) 355-0495

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at