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Friday, September 1st, I got to attend the Hyundai Hope on Wheels awards dinner in San Francisco, where the charity awarded the University of California, San Francisco Children’s Hospital with a $250,000 grant, which will help support the hospital’s cancer research.
The event kicked off National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, which is in September.
Zafar Brooks, Director of General Affairs of Hyundai Motor America, said the goal is that someday, people equate an orange ribbon with childhood cancer just like they equate a pink ribbon with breast cancer.
“Pediatric cancer is the leading cause of illness-related death for children in the U.S., and so we want to create more awareness so that we can help not only increase funding for research but also let the families know they’re not by themselves, they’re not alone,” said Zafar. “When a child is diagnosed with cancer it affects the whole family. The words pediatric and cancer are not two words that should go together, so we need to find a way to cure this disease so children can be children.”
The event was quite moving, with a 16-year-old survivor of childhood cancer speaking about his ordeal. The young man was diagnosed with leukemia, and had to undergo about 30 blood transfusions. Now he is cancer-free and said charities like Hope on Wheels really help families and children fighting cancer to feel positivity and support.
We also got to hear a performance by the amazing Luke Wade, and cancer survivors dipped their hands in paint and recorded their handprints to commemorate their battles with cancer.
Even though pediatric cancer research has made big strides, with 80% of childhood cancer cases being cured, still, every 36 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer.
Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels charity is awarding 40 research grants this month, adding $8.5 million in funds to help with cancer research. I think it’s an amazing goal, because it’s heart-wrenching imagining children fighting cancer at one of the most precious times in their life.
I’m glad I got to meet the good people of Hope on Wheels and interact with the doctor’s who save lives. I hope this charity goes on funding childhood cancer research for a long time to come.