Hyundai Hope On Wheels presented the University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital with a $150,000 Hyundai Young Investigator Grant on Thursday, Sept. 7. The grant funds supports the research of pediatric oncologist Matthew Cascio, M.D. Cascio is an assistant professor in the UF department of pediatrics, division of hematology and oncology. This award is part of Hyundai’s efforts during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
This year alone, Hope On Wheels awarded 40 research grants totaling $8.5 million to institutions nationwide. With this latest grant, Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $1.9 million to the University of Florida. During the event, pediatric patients battling cancer participated in the program’s signature hand print ceremony, in which they dipped their hands in paint and placed their hand prints on a white 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and Cascio’s lab coat. Their colorful hand prints are meant to represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes and dreams.
Hyundai Hope on Wheels is one of the largest non-profit funders of pediatric cancer research in the country; its primary funding comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 835 U.S. dealers. 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. Since its inception, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $130 million toward childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure. The Hope On Wheels Sept. 2017 campaign theme was “Every Handprint Tells A Story.”