Hyundai Hope On Wheels celebrates its 20th year in the fight against pediatric cancer research. St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital was one of only 21 recipients of this year’s award, given to support outstanding pediatric oncology programs at select children’s hospitals nationwide. Tuesday, July 31, Dr. Mark Mogul, the medical director of pediatric hematology and oncology, accepted a $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award on behalf of the kids of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. With this latest grant, the hospital has received more than $1,000,000 in grants from Hope on Wheels and Suncoast Hyundai Dealers. The grant will help fund direct patient assistance, treatments, and supportive therapies for families in need.
“Throughout the country, talented doctors are working tirelessly to help kids fight cancer by conducting research or providing bedside care,” said Scott Fink, chairman, Hyundai Hope On Wheels Board of Directors. “Our goal at Hope On Wheels is to provide these doctors with the funds they need to perform their lifesaving work.”
During the event, some of the children were able to participate in the program’s signature Handprint Ceremony, in which they dip their hands in paint and place their handprints on a white 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe. Their colorful handprints on the official Hope Vehicle represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes, and dreams.