Melodies Center Receives Hyundai Hope on Wheels Grant.

Melodies Center Receives Hyundai Hope on Wheels Grant.


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August 13, 2014  - Albany , NY

Nonprofit to surpass $86 million in total donations in support of childhood cancer research and programs by year-end 2014; Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center has received $300,000 from Hope On Wheels since 2008

ALBANY, NY ‹ Aug. 13, 2014 ‹ Hyundai Hope On Wheels® and Albany-area Hyundai dealers today awarded the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center with the $75,000 Hyundai Young Investigators Clinical Award to Alexander Gozman, M.D., for his research study work on whether an intervention with an "end of therapy" coordinator will reduce stress in parents of children who have recently completed treatment. The Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center is one of 13 recipients of a 2014 Hyundai Young Investigator Clinical Award, which helps principal investigators pursue research and implement clinical programs aimed at improving the lives of children battling pediatric cancer.

Over the course of the year, Hope On Wheels will donate $13 million to children's hospitals nationwide through its Hyundai Young Investigator Clinical Award and Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant programs. Celebrating its 16th year, Hope On Wheels will surpass $86 million in total donations to pediatric cancer research and programs since its inception in 1998. Since 2008, the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center has received $300,000 from Hope On Wheels.

"The stresses of battling pediatric cancer are immense for both the patient and the patient's family, and often worsen when treatment is complete," said Dr. Gozman, director of the Late-Effects Program at the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders. "The continued generosity of Hyundai, its local dealers and the Hope On Wheels program is allowing us to better understand how to help patients and families manage that stress, which leads to better outcomes."

The $75,000 Hyundai Young Investigator Clinical Award was officially presented to Dr. Gozman during a Hope On Wheels Handprint Ceremony at Albany Med. During the ceremony, Albany-area children battling cancer will place their handprints dipped in colorful paint on a white 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, the official vehicle of Hope On Wheels. Every Handprint Ceremony celebrates the courageous lives of the children faced with cancer and brings Hope On Wheels' community of supporters together.  

"Hyundai is a brand that not only builds great cars, but is committed to doing good things that serve society's needs," said Dave Zuchowski, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "Pediatric cancer is an issue that affects far too many children. Together with our dealers, we joined this fight in 1998.  We are committed to ending this disease by funding life-saving research. Through Hope On Wheels, we look forward to a world in which no child will have to face this terrible disease."

The Hope On Wheels campaign theme for its 16th year is "Just One Wish." This theme is designed to convey the organization's mission to end childhood cancer. Through this campaign, Hope On Wheels will feature a series of online videos that profile child cancer survivors and their stories of hope. Visitors to the Hope On Wheels website and social media channels can join the effort by posting their own message of hope using the hashtag #EndChildhoodCancer. The goal of the "Just One Wish" campaign is to show the collective support for these children and to honor their hopes, dreams and goals. The social community gives a voice on behalf of these children whose voices may otherwise go unheard.

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Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer.  Launched in 1998, Hyundai Hope On Wheels provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease. Primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 U.S. dealers.  At the end of its 16th year, Hyundai Hope On Wheels will have awarded more than $86 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.

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 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty; Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.   

The Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center is a 132-bed facility devoted exclusively to the medical needs of infants, children and adolescents, and is the referral center for all seriously ill and injured children from 25 counties in upstate New York and western New England. It is staffed by more than 150 physicians trained in 34 subspecialties and more than 500 pediatric nurses, therapists, social workers and child-life specialists.

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