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Hyundai Hope on Wheels Presents the Division of Pediatric Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins With Hyundai Hope Young Investigator Grant Totaling $200,000 to Support Pediatric Cancer Research

The Hyundai Hope On Wheels Foundation embarks on a nationwide tour this September in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to award $6.8 million to 26 researchers, surpassing $172 million, which includes their COVID drive-thru testing grants. Its theme “Every Handprint Tells a Story” details the bravery of kids fighting cancer, their families and the ground-breaking research of doctors fighting for a cure.

Baltimore, Maryland - September 3, 2020 -In the newest rounds of grants marking its 22nd anniversary, Hyundai Hope On Wheels® 501(c)(3) celebrates National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by awarding a grant totaling $200,000  to Dr. Micah Maxwell of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Maxwell is the recipient of the Hyundai Hope Young Investigator award. The award will be officially presented to Dr. Maxwell at Johns Hopkins Hospital virtually on, September 3 at 12 p.m. There are over 15,000 new cases of pediatric cancer diagnosed in the United States each year. With its Every Handprint Tells A Story campaign, Hyundai Hope On Wheels brings together the many stakeholders – the child, families, doctors, hospitals, advocates, donors, and others – who work to identify new ways to find a cure and improve care for children with battling pediatric cancer. When a child is diagnosed, it not only changes their life, but his/her family and broader communal network.

This September, 26 new doctor-researchers will receive a combined $6.2 million in grants to support novel therapeutic approaches and innovative research options in pediatric cancer. Childhood cancer researchers depend largely on private funding for groundbreaking therapies to get off the ground and to advance treatment approaches to the next phase of testing, ultimately, bringing better therapies and cures to kids with cancer. With this latest award, the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has received more than $2.8 million in grants from Hope On Wheels, contributing to the organization’s $172 million in the organization’s total lifetime giving.

“Throughout the country, talented doctors are working tirelessly to help kids fight cancer by conducting research or providing bedside care,” said Scott Fink, chairman, Hyundai Hope On Wheels Board of Directors. “Our goal at Hope On Wheels is to provide these doctors with the grant funds they need to perform their lifesaving work.”

Due to social distancing practices, this year’s ceremony will take place via Zoom. As “Every Handprint Tells a Story,” the colorful handprints of brave pediatric cancer fighters represent their individual and collective hopes, dreams and journeys. 

Supporters are encouraged to visit the HHOW website ( to view this year’s grant winners along with stories of brave cancer survivors and passionate doctor-researchers. Once there, supporters may add their handprint to a wall of hope to show their support for the cause. They will also find information on additional ways to support HHOW through social media efforts and events throughout the month. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About Hyundai Hope On Wheels

Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 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. HHOW is one of the largest non-profit funders of pediatric cancer research in the country, and primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 830 U.S. dealers. Since its inception, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $172 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.

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About Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center

One of only 50 cancer centers in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center has active programs in clinical research, laboratory research, education, community outreach, and prevention and control. The Kimmel Cancer Center is one-of-only-two Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the state of Maryland. 

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