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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Awarded Two $100,000 Grants from Hyundai Hope on Wheels and Pittsburgh-Area Hyundai Dealers

WHAT: Pittsburgh-Area Hyundai Dealers and Hyundai Hope on Wheels will award Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC with a $100,000 Hope Grant to fund a web-based technology program to enhance interaction with young adult survivors of childhood cancer. Children’s will receive an additional $100,000 grant as part of Hyundai’s 2011 Scholar Grant Tour.

During the ceremony, Pittsburgh-area children battling cancer will place their handprints of colorful paint on a Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) to represent each child’s personal triumph.

The $100,000 Hope grant will be presented to Jean Tersak, M.D., associate director of the pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship program. In addition, J. Anthony Graves, M.D., Ph.D., director of research education and development in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division, will be presented with another $100,000 grant as part of Hyundai’s 2011 Scholar Grant Tour.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels is the united effort of Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 dealers across the United States who raise awareness about childhood cancer and celebrate the lives of children battling the disease. By the end of 2011, Hope on Wheels will have committed more than $43 million to pediatric cancer research since the program began in 1998. 

This September, during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Hyundai Hope on Wheels will donate $7.1 million to support 71 pediatric cancer research projects and programs at Children’s Oncology Group institutions across the country.

WHO: Drs. Tersak and Graves; Andrew Urbach, M.D., medical director for external affairs; and Children’s Hospital patients

WHEN: 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011               

WHERE: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, One Children’s Hospital Dr., 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Note to Media: Media interested in attending should park in the hospital’s main driveway and meet in the lobby to be escorted to the event.

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