Hyundai Hope on Wheels, a national nonprofit organization committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer, recently donated $75,000 to Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The scholar grant was awarded, during the grand opening of the new Vision Automotive Group in Canandaigua, to Jessica Shand, M.D., pediatric oncologist, for her work in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) research.
Shad’s research project specifically focuses on enhancing the effectiveness of new immune therapies for leukemia.
In a recent ceremony held at the children’s hospital, Rochester-area children affected by cancer dipped their hands in colorful paint and made their mark on a white Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, the official Hope on Wheels vehicle, to commemorate their brave battles with cancer.
In 2013, Hope On Wheels will donate 40 Hyundai Scholar Grants, totaling $3 million, to institutions across the country. By year-end, Hope On Wheels will surpass $72 million in donations to pediatric cancer institutions nationwide since its inception in 1998.
The University of Rochester Medical Center has received more than $400,000 from Hope on Wheels since 2007.