Children’s Medical Center receives $250,000 research grant from Hyundai Hope On Wheels in honor of childhood cancer awareness month

September 27, 2012

With a recent $250,000 grant, Hyundai Motor America is helping Children’s Medical Center fight pediatric cancer through its Hope on Wheels program. The funds will be used to study how one type of protein could affect rhabdomyosarcoma, the most common soft tissue sarcoma cancer in children.

To improve the odds in the fight for a cure, Hope On Wheels raised its Hyundai Hope Grant award amount this year from $100,000 to $250,000. The month-long program marks Hope On Wheels’ largest research grant donation period to date. It will bring the total amount that the nonprofit has committed to childhood cancer to $57 million since it first began in 1998.

"We are very grateful to Hyundai and the Hope on Wheels Foundation for providing critical support to help drive this research project forward,” said Dr. Stephen Skapek, medical director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center. Skapek is also a professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  

The financial support “makes it possible for us to continue exploring critical targets for muscle differentiation and rhabdomyosarcoma differentiation therapy,” said Dr. Yanbin Zheng, an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Children’s is one of 41 recipients of Hope On Wheels’ 2012 Hyundai Hope Grants. In all, $10.25 million will be awarded in grants during the month of September in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

“At Hyundai, our goal is for a child to never again have to hear the words ‘you have cancer’,” said John Krafcik, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.  “Through the support of our dealers, hospital partners, and online community, this goal is attainable as we join together for a cure.  We congratulate and commend each institution for their important and life-changing work, and thank our supporters for their continued efforts.” 

For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels, please visit HyundaiHopeonWheels.org.