Thursday, October 04, 2007
Contact: Zafar Brooks
CHKD Receives $40,000 from Hyundai Hope On Wheels Program to fund Pediatric Cancer Research
Hyundai’s National Hope on Wheels Tour Will Visit 30 Pediatric Cancer Research Organizations and Contribute Nearly $1.5 Million to Helping Kids Fight Cancer in 2007
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – October 4, 2007 – Hyundai Motor America and its dealerships presented Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Va., with a check for $40,000 to aid the hospital’s pediatric cancer research efforts.
Hyundai’s nationwide 2007 Hope On Wheels tour will visit 30 cities this fall, with donations nearing $1.5 million. Hope On Wheels is the united effort of more than 750 Hyundai dealers to raise awareness for kids battling pediatric cancer.
Today, Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters hosted a symbolic “handprint” ceremony that celebrates the children’s lives and treatment milestones by capturing their colorful handprints on a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe.
Since the inception of Hope On Wheels in 2004, the tour has visited more than 70 hospitals nationwide and collected more than 300 handprints at “handprint ceremonies.” Hyundai and its dealers have contributed more than $8 million dollars to research institutions across the country to date. In 2007, Hyundai expects to reach $10 million in total contributions.
“We are excited to receive this donation and appreciate Hyundai’s continued commitment to pediatric cancer research,” said Jim Dahling, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters Health System. “These funds will play a vital role in the success of our research efforts as we battle to eradicate childhood cancer.”
“We are proud to make this donation to an organization that has clearly shown leadership and dedication to the fight against pediatric cancer,” said Ken Bloech, general manager, Hyundai Southern Region. “We hope that this program not only raises funds for these deserving institutions, but also raises awareness on a national scale so that other organizations are inspired to make a pledge against pediatric cancer.”
The complete list of 2007 Hope On Wheels tour stops, including benefiting hospitals will be posted on www.hopeonwheels.com.
Childrens’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters is the only facility of its kind in Virginia, serving the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1961 and last year handled approximately 6,100 inpatient admissions and 200,000 outpatient specialty, surgical and emergency room visits, addressing routine and complex illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions. The CHKD Health System operates primary care pediatric practices, surgical practices, multi-service Health Centers and satellite offices throughout its service region. The organization also includes a child care center, health education initiatives and a multitude of avenues through which our very generous community provides philanthropic support
Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 750 dealerships nationwide.