Hope On Wheels Tour Rolls Through Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, NC - Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels Tour was in Charlotte this morning at the Levine Children's Hospital. The tour will travel to 42 children’s hospitals across America this summer, capturing handprints and donating more than $2 million to support further training and research for doctors involved in childhood cancer research. To fund the program, Hyundai dealers across the country donate $5 each time a new Hyundai vehicle is sold. This is the largest single year of donations in the organization’s history.
The symbol of Hope on Wheels is a white Hyundai Santa Fe crossover vehicle covered with colorful handprints representing childhood cancer patients from all over the country. Why handprints? Because there is nothing more personal than a handprint – and the goal of the Hope on Wheels Tour is to share the personal triumphs of each child. Whether it’s completing a round of chemo, celebrating a beautiful head of new hair or catching a fly ball, one pediatric cancer patient’s milestone can be another’s symbol of hope.
At a local ceremony, the Hope on Wheels Tour presents a check to support pediatric cancer research, and conducts handprint ceremonies for childhood cancer patients at children’s hospitals. Children attending the ceremony are asked to lend a hand and place their own handprints on the vehicle to commemorate their battle with cancer. To date, Hope on Wheels has collected hundreds of handprints with more to be added this summer.
U.S. Hyundai dealers and Hyundai Motor America have donated more than $14 million to children’s hospitals nationwide since the Hope on Wheels program began in 1998.