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Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Wins Research Grant From Hyundai Hope On Wheels

Hyundai's nonprofit awards $10.25 million in September

Monday, Oct 1, 2012

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

Hyundai Hope On Wheels and Wilmington-area Hyundai dealers awarded Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children a $250,000 Hope Grant to support pediatric cancer research.

Dr. Andrew Napper of Nemours is one of 41 recipients of Hope On Wheels’ 2012 Hyundai Hope Grants. In all, $10.25 million will be awarded in grants during the month of September in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

To improve the odds in the fight for a cure, Hope On Wheels raised its Hyundai Hope Grant award amount this year from $100,000 to $250,000. The month-long program marks Hope On Wheels’ largest research grant donation period to date. It will bring the total amount that the nonprofit has committed to childhood cancer to $57 million since it first began in 1998.

In its third annual September campaign, Hope On Wheels opened its competitive grant program to all Children’s Oncology Group institutions. Every proposal received was reviewed by Hope On Wheels’ Medical Advisory Committee, comprised of leading pediatric oncologists from around the country.

“We are honored to receive this funding and to have the support of Hyundai Hope On Wheels as we look for more and better ways to treat and ultimately cure pediatric cancer,” said Dr. Napper. “This funding goes directly towards research that could extend and improve quality of life for children with cancer.”

The grant was presented at a signature Handprint Ceremony, which captures the colorful handprints of young cancer patients and places them on a white canvas, symbolizing that just as every handprint is unique, each child has a unique story to tell. Every Handprint Ceremony celebrates the lives of the children faced with cancer and commemorates their brave battles with cancer. 

“Through the support of our Hyundai dealers, hospital partners, and online community, we are working together for a cure,” said John Krafcik, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. "We congratulate and commend each institution for their important and life-changing work, and thank our supporters for their continued efforts."

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About Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.