“Hyundai Hope on Wheels” awards St. Luke’s MSTI with $75,000 scholar grant
Credit: Ken Dey
“Hyundai Hope On Wheels” and Boise-area Hyundai dealers Tuesday awarded St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise with a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant to Dr. Eugenia Chang for her work to aid the mobility and working memory in survivors of childhood cancer.
St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute is one of 40 recipients of “Hope On Wheels’ 2013 Hyundai Scholar Grant,” which supports principal investigators known as Hyundai Scholars. The Scholars pursue research and implement clinical programs aimed at improving the lives of children battling pediatric cancer.
During 2013, “Hope On Wheels “will donate $14 million to children’s hospitals nationwide through its Hyundai Scholar Grant and Hyundai Hope Grant programs.
Celebrating its 15th year, “Hope On Wheels” will surpass $72 million in total donations to pediatric cancer research and programs since its inception in 1998.
Since 2010, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute has received $270,000 from Hope On Wheels.
The $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant to Dr. Chang was officially presented during a Hope On Wheels Handprint Ceremony at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute Tuesday afternoon.
During the ceremony, Boise-area children battling cancer placed their handprints dipped in colorful paint on an official “Hope On Wheels” lab coat that was presented to Dr. Chang. Every Handprint Ceremony celebrates the courageous lives of the children faced with cancer and brings Hope On Wheels’ community of supporters together.
“We are so excited to be the recipients of the Hyundai Scholar grant. This allows us to develop two very special services to the pediatric Neuro-Oncology clinic at St Luke’s Children’s Hospital. First, we will expand our working memory training program to allow cancer survivors to improve working memory, which affects every aspect of how we function on a day to day basis,” said Dr. Chang, a pediatric oncologist with St. Luke’s MSTI. “Second, we will expand our physical therapy services to improve how childhood cancer survivors, some after surgeries on arms, legs, or their brains, relearn how to move and get active. Both of these projects aim to help our childhood cancer survivors live better lives.”
“Hope On Wheels” builds public awareness about the importance of this cause and provides funds to nonprofit children’s hospitals across the U.S. for pediatric cancer research and programs. The nonprofit is funded by Hyundai and its U.S. dealers. With every new vehicle sold in the U.S., Hyundai and its dealers make a contribution to Hope On Wheels.
“Hyundai and its dealers remain committed to helping children in the fight against pediatric cancer,” said John Krafcik. “We are dedicated to providing crucial research dollars that will lead to finding cures and better treatment protocols for these precious children impacted by cancer. While cure rates approach 80 percent for some forms of pediatric cancer, far too many children and families are devastated by the disease. We are proud of our 15-year milestone for Hyundai ‘Hope On Wheels,’ and remain keenly aware that there is much more work to be done.”
(photo: courtesy Ken Dey/St. Lukes)