Hope on Wheels
Tuesday morning, children waited in line in front of The University of New Mexico Hospital to decorate a 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe.
They dipped their hands in paint and placed their red, green or blue handprints on the white sports utility vehicle. The handprints of children who are being treated for cancer at UNM Children’s Hospital – or who have beaten cancer – represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes and dreams.
It was part of the Hyundai Hope On Wheels (HHOW) event, in which the non-profit organization presented the UNM Children’s Hospital with a $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award Grant to UNM’s Pediatric Hematology & Oncology division to support cancer research.
“We are honored to be the recipient of the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Impact Award,” said Jon Kuttesch, MD, division chief of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology. “This funding will allow us to continue to provide the best care to all of our pediatric cancer patients through treatment research and family-centered care. Our goal is to help the patient and the family from, diagnosis through survivorship.”
UNM Children’s Hospital, New Mexico’s only dedicated children’s hospital, is one of 77 institutions receiving a combined $16 million in new grants this year to develop innovative approaches to finding a cure for cancer.
Including the latest grant, UNM Children’s Hospital has received a total of $310,000 in funding from HHOW.
Hyundai Hope On Wheels was launched in 1998 and is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. It provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease.
HHOW is one of the largest non-profit funders of pediatric cancer research in the country, with primary funding coming from Hyundai Motor America. Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $160 million toward childhood cancer since its inception, according to Hyundai.