Hyundai Hope On Wheels Will Present Levine Children’s Hospital With $75,000 Award For Pediatric Cancer Research


by WCCB Charlotte

On Wednesday, July 9, Hyundai Hope On Wheels® will award Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital of Charlotte with the $75,000 Hyundai Young Investigators Clinical Award to Dr. Javier Oesterheld for his work on for his work on Developmental Therapeutics (DVL) Program at The Torrence E. Hemby, Jr. Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Center at Levine Children’s Hospital. The DVL program at Levine Children’s Hospital develops, researches and delivers new Phase I and II clinical trials locally, ultimately allowing for all patients and families to receive the compassionate cancer care they need, close to home. Levine Children’s Hospital has received $425,000 in funding from Hope On Wheels since 2005.

The award will be officially presented during the Hope On Wheels signature Handprint Ceremony at Levine Children’s Hospital. At the ceremony, Charlotte-area children affected by cancer will dip their hands in colorful paint and place their handprints on a white Hyundai Santa Fe, the official vehicle of Hope On Wheels, to commemorate their brave battles with cancer. 
Hyundai and its dealers joined the fight against pediatric cancer in 1998. Now in its 16th year, Hope On Wheels remains committed to helping children fight this disease through funding life-saving research and innovative treatments. This year, Hope On Wheels will award 13 Hyundai Young Investigators Clinical Awards and 36 Hyundai Scholar Hope Grants totaling $13 million to institutions across the country. In 2014, Hope On Wheels will surpass $86 million in donations to pediatric cancer institutions nationwide since its inception. 
What: Hope On Wheels Handprint Ceremony with Levine Children’s Hospital. 
Who: Hope On Wheels, Charlotte-area Hyundai dealers, doctors, families and children battling cancer from Levine Children’s Hospital to join the ceremony. 
Why: Dr. Javier Oesterheld of Levine Children’s Hospital will be presented with a $75,000 Hyundai Young Investigators Clinical Award to fund a pediatric cancer Developmental Therapeutics Program.   
When:    Wednesday, July 9, 2014 , 11 a.m.  
Where: Levine Children’s Hospital
Gorelick Conference Room 
                1000 Blythe Boulevard
                Charlotte, NC 28203
Contact: Rhonda Horton
        Finn Partners
        Cell: (979) 777-2458  
For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels, please visit   
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.
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