Every 36 minutes, a child in the U.S. is diagnosed with cancer and one in five will not survive the disease. And while there are millions of dollars in federal funding for cancer, sadly, only four percent of the U.S. federal funding is solely dedicated to child cancer research. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is committed to filling the gap by providing resources and funding to those that are working on a cure.
Chris Darby discusses with us the painful process after his son, Ryan was diagnosed with cancer, “It was a very challenging process. Ryan was diagnosed right before Christmas – December 22, 2009. That’s not really something you are preparing for as the holiday season approaches. It really gave us an awareness of what matters. We had the opportunity to be treated by phenomenal doctors and nurses that really supported the whole family throughout the process. We learned a lot more about cancer- pediatric cancer especially than I ever really cared to at that point. But because of Hyundai Hope on Wheels and other organizations helping as well as the doctors and nurses helping to treat these children we had a great outcome. We are fortunate with Ryan’s diagnosis and treatment.”
Dr. Michael Weiner, Director of Pediatric Oncology at Columbia University Medical Center
shares the progress made in pediatric cancer treatments and the road ahead in finding the cure. “Hyundai is a phenomenal company. Not only do they make awesome cars and SUVs, but they are a very community oriented organization. It all started in 1998 when dealers in New England got together and supported The Jimmy Fund but now it is a national program. Over 830 Hyundai dealers throughout the country support Hyundai Hope on Wheels. They have raised over $115 million to donate to end pediatric cancer.”
To learn more about Hyundai Hope on Wheels, go to HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org
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