Media Advisory: Hyundai Hope On Wheels To Award $250,000 Research Grant To Nationwide Children's Hospital In Honor Of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 28, 2017

On Thursday, September 28, 2017, Hyundai Hope On Wheels® will present Nationwide Children's Hospital with a $250,000 Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant. The grant funds will support the research of Timothy Cripe, MD, PhD, principal investigator and division chief of Hematology/Oncology and BMT. Dr. Cripe’s current research focuses on developing and testing new, targeted therapies for pediatric solid tumors and translating those findings into clinical studies. He was among the first in the country to launch clinical trials of attenuated oncolytic viruses in children.

The Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant will be officially presented to Dr. Cripe during a Hope On Wheels Handprint Ceremony. Columbus-area children battling cancer will participate in the program’s signature event, in which they’ll dip their hands in paint and place their handprints on a white 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe to commemorate their battles with cancer.

This event is part of Hope On Wheels activities in September in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  In September alone, Hope On Wheels will award 40 research grants totaling $8.5 million to institutions nationwide. This brings the organization’s donation total to $130 million since Hyundai joined the fight against pediatric cancer in 1998. With this latest grant, Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $1.4 million to Nationwide Children's Hospital.

What:                 Hope On Wheels Handprint Ceremony and Check Presentation at Nationwide Children's Hospital

When:                Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Where:               Nationwide Children's Hospital

                            Outpatient Care Center Loop/Stecker Auditorium Lobby – 555 S. 18th St.

Parking for media is available in the Orange Parking Garage on the corner of Mooberry St. & 18th St and you will be provided a voucher to exit at no charge. The closest address for GPS purposes is 555 S. 18th St. After exiting the garage, head south to the Nationwide Children’s Education Building (third set of double doors on the right). A member of the Nationwide Children’s media relations team will be present to escort you to this event.

Who:                  Hope On Wheels and Columbus-area Hyundai dealers together with children battling cancer, their families and pediatric oncology doctors from Nationwide Children's Hospital

Why:               Every 36 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. That is why Hope On Wheels is committed to funding research and raising awareness for childhood cancer. As part of this commitment, Hope On Wheels will present Nationwide Children's Hospital with $250,000 in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Contact:             Zafar Brooks | Cell: 714.334.1766 |

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Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 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. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is one of the largest non-profit funders of pediatric cancer research in the country, and primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 835 U.S. dealers. Since its inception, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $130 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.

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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