Media Advisory: Hyundai Hope on Wheels Donates $100,000 to Nationwide Children's Hospital to Fight Childhood Cancer

September 21, 2010

WHAT:
Local Hyundai dealers and representatives from Hyundai Motor America will present a Hope Grant in the amount of $100,000 to Nationwide Children's Hospital to support childhood cancer research and support programs dedicated to improving the lives of children with cancer. Childhood cancer patients and their families will join doctors, researchers and staff from Nationwide Children's to receive the award.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – to commemorate it, Hyundai Hope on Wheels will work to raise awareness of childhood cancer with a national television commercial about this issue, materials in its dealerships and donations totaling $6.8 million to help fight childhood cancer. The donations will be given as “Hope Grants” to hospitals and nonprofit organizations across the country. Hyundai Motor America and its dealers joined the fight against childhood cancer in 1998 and created a program called Hyundai Hope on Wheels. At the end of this year, Hope on Wheels will have donated more than $23 million to fight childhood cancer. For more information about the program, visit www.hyundaihopeonwheels.org.

Childhood cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children 1 to 14 years of age. Every day approximately 40 children, the equivalent of a school classroom, are diagnosed with cancer, which adds up to almost 15,000 new cases of childhood cancer diagnosed each year.  

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
9:30 a.m. – media opportunity

WHERE:
Nationwide Children's Hospital
555 S. 18th St.
Columbus, OH 43205
*please allow time to meet media relations rep in hospital lobby to be escorted to event location

Media Contacts:
Mary Ellen Peacock
Nationwide Children's Hospital
614-355-0495

Johanna Clark
Allison & Partners
c: 626-497-5137
johanna@allisonpr.com

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report ‘s 2018-19 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 1.4 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 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 NationwideChildrens.org.