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Hyundai Hope On Wheels - 07/08/2009

Hyundai Hope On Wheels

July 16th Handprint Ceremony will commemorate the brave battles of local childhood cancer patients
Release Date: July 8, 2009

Who: Childhood cancer patients and their families who have received treatment at Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center will join Hyundai and its dealers to present Heather J. Symons M.D. with a check for $35,000.  Dr. Symons has been selected as one of thirty 2009 Hyundai Scholars nationwide and the donation will support her research into allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

Ten-year-old Michael Gardner from Baltimore, who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at age 8 and lost his knee to the tumor, has been selected by Hope on Wheels to serve as a Regional Youth Ambassador.  Michael will be sharing his story of survival with the crowd and showing off his brand new leg.

After the formal program, the childhood cancer patients from Kimmel Cancer Center will place their colorful handprints on a white Hyundai Santa Fe to represent their courageous battles and share their hope with other children and families across the country.

What: Hyundai and its dealers have donated more than $12.4 million since 1998 to fund life-saving childhood cancer research.  In 1998 New England-area Hyundai dealers began raising funds to support the Jimmy Fund at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Since then the program has grown to fund hospitals and research institutions nationwide and is supported by all of Hyundai’s nearly 800 dealers. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
When: Thursday July 16th at 11:00 a.m.


 Johns Hopkins Historic Dome Building

601 N. Broadway Baltimore, MD 21287

North on Broadway between Orleans and Monument St.


In case of inclement weather, event will be held on the mezzanine level between JHOC and hospital elevators

For the Media

Media Contact:
Lisa Christiansen
Allison & Partners for Hope on Wheels
310-496-4448 or 310-350-0364

Michelle Barnett
Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center