News Release

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Contact: Lisa Christiansen
Allison & Partners
(310) 496-4448

Hyundai Hope on Wheels Donates $30,000 to Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters to Fight Childhood Cancer

Hyundai Dealers in Partnership with Hyundai Motor America Will Donate $1.3 Million in 2009 to Support Childhood Cancer Research

– JUNE 25, 2009 – Hyundai Motor America and its dealers announced today that Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, Va. has been selected to receive a donation of $30,000 from Hyundai Hope on Wheels™. The 2009 Hope on Wheels Tour is traveling nationwide to donate more than $1.3 million to childhood cancer research institutions and will be making a stop at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters today at 10:00 a.m. to present the check at a ceremonial event.

Eric J. Lowe MD, Director of the Pediatric Oncology Program at CHKD has been named a 2009 Hyundai Scholar, and will use the funds to support his research into the use of complementary and alternative medicine in the pediatric oncology practice in order to improve patient safety. Dr. Lowe will be recognized and the hospital’s childhood cancer patients will take part in the Hope on Wheels Handprint Ceremony, during which they dip their hands in finger paint and apply their colorful handprints to a white Hyundai Santa Fe.  The car, which is covered in children’s handprints from all over the country, is the symbol of Hyundai Hope on Wheels.
“We are inspired every day by the brave children we meet at our Handprint Ceremonies,” said Mark Tysinger, owner of Tysinger Hyundai.  “When the kids place their handprints on the car, we are honoring their brave battles against cancer, commemorating their triumphs and sharing their hope for the future with other children and their families across the country.”

“Hyundai and its dealers have been committed to supporting the children, families and doctors battling childhood cancer for more than ten years,” said Oscar Leeser, President of the Hyundai National Hope on Wheels Dealer Board, and El Paso, TX Hyundai dealer.  “Even in the face of tough economic times for our industry, we will not waver in our commitment to supporting the medical research and training that will produce better treatments, therapies, and one day, a cure.”

CHKD’s pediatric oncology program is currently treating 500 cancer patients from the region, offering world-class cancer treatment based the latest treatments developed by a consortium of 250 hospitals throughout the United States and Canada.

“The generosity and support demonstrated by the local dealers helps CHKD bring the nation’s best cancer treatment right here to Hampton Roads, near our patients’ families and loved ones,” said CHKD President and CEO Jim Dahling.

This year Hyundai Hope on Wheels marks 11 years of commitment to childhood cancer research efforts.  Hyundai and its dealers have donated more than $12.4 million to children’s hospitals nationwide and collected hundreds of handprints from children fighting childhood cancer.  More information and the complete list of 30 stops on the 2009 Hyundai Hope on Wheels Tour is available at

CHKD is the only freestanding, full-service children’s hospital in Virginia and serves the medical and surgical needs of children throughout greater Hampton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Founded in 1961 and provides care to more than 171,000 children last year.

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 nearly 800 dealerships nationwide.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels™ is the united effort of the nearly 800 Hyundai dealers across the U.S. to raise awareness about childhood cancer and celebrate the lives of children battling the disease.  Hyundai and its dealers have donated more than $12.4 million to pediatric cancer research and is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.