The grant funds will support the work of Dr. Ted Laetsch, who is developing a more effective way to treat sarcoma in children by using a revolutionary technology to heat and deliver chemotherapy to tumors while sparing normal tissue in the body.
Children’s Medical Center Foundation is one of 36 recipients across the country to receive a 2014 Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant. In all, Hope On Wheels will award $9 million in research grants this September in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Children’s Medical Center Dallas, a long-time partner of the organization, along with UT Southwestern Medical Center, has received $640,000 from Hope On Wheels since 2011.
Dr. Ted Laetsch, who treats patients in the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s, commented: “This is promising research for children with cancer. It is central to our mission at Children’s Medical Center, and it would not be possible without the grant from Hyundai Hope On Wheels.”
The $250,000 grant to Dr. Ted Laetsch, who is also an assistant professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, will be officially presented during a Hope On Wheels Handprint Ceremony at Children’s Medical Center Dallas on Monday, September 8. During the ceremony, Hope On Wheels will commemorate Dallas-area children affected by cancer by capturing their handprints on a white 2014 Hyundai Sonata.
Hope On Wheels believes that “Every Handprint Tells A Story,” which is the namesake of its September awareness campaign. That is why, in addition to funding 36 research projects in September, Hope On Wheels will launch the latest advancement of its Every Handprint Tells A Story campaign with a new web experience on HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org/September. The website will offer an interactive experience where supporters can view videos of courageous children sharing insights into their personal battles with cancer and learn about the work of cancer researchers known as Hyundai Scholars.
Visitors to the site can also post and share messages of hope for children and families impacted by the disease.
Over the last 16 years, our dealers have worked in partnership with Hyundai in one common goal: to find a cure for a disease that affects far too many of our children,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and chief executive officer, Hyundai Motor America, and board member of Hyundai Hope On Wheels. “Dallas-area Hyundai dealers are an important part of this effort, and we could not be doing this good work without their continued support.”
To learn more about Hyundai Hope On Wheels, please visit www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org. You can also follow us on social media at facebook.com/HyundaiHopeOnWheels, twitter.com/hopeonwheels, and youtube.com/hopeonwheels.
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