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Friday, September 09, 2011 - Broward Health Wins $100,000 Grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels in Honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Hyundai Hope on Wheels and local Hyundai dealers have awarded Broward Health a $100,000 Hope Grant to support a program aimed at reducing the negative impact of stress and anxiety of hospital visits for children living with cancer. Broward Health is one of 71 recipients of Hyundai Hope on Wheels’ 2011 Hope Grant program, where $7.1 million is awarded to support research and programs in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The month-long program marks Hyundai Hope on Wheels’ largest donation period to-date, and will bring the total amount that the nonprofit has committed to childhood cancer, since it first began in 1998, to $43 million.

“We, at Hyundai, are thrilled to honor National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by donating Hope Grants to institutions that are creating new possibilities to support and help cure childhood cancer,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America.  “Hyundai and our dealers will continue to support these doctors and institutions and bring attention to the disease that affects so many young people.”

The $100,000 Hope grant to Broward Health was officially presented during a Hope Grant ceremony at Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, Sept. 9 at 10:00 a.m. where Fort Lauderdale-area children battling cancer placed their handprints in colorful paint on a canvas to represent each child’s personal triumph.

"Living with cancer can be devastating to an adult, even more so to a child,” said Dr. Rudolph Roskos, Chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Chris Evert Children’s Hospital. "The support from Hyundai Hope on Wheels for the Notes of Hope program will help us improve the care we provide to children living with cancer. The program will help children and their families learn new ways to bond and cope with cancer and cancer treatment."

For the second year in a row, Hyundai’s competitive September program allowed institutions to apply for either research or programmatic grants. The submitted proposals were then reviewed by Hyundai’s elite board of medical directors. Each of the 71 Hope Grants will help fund new pediatric cancer research projects, and are presented during a Hope Grant ceremony that takes place at the participating institution’s campus.

For more information on Hyundai Hope on Wheels’ September Hope Grant program and the 71 winning institutions, please visit HyundaiHopeonWheels.org.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, 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. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile power train warranty, 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance and the Hyundai Trade-in Value Guarantee.

HYUNDAI HOPE ON WHEELS
Hyundai Hope on Wheels® is the united effort of Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 dealers across the U.S. to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to celebrate the lives of children battling the disease. In 2011, Hope on Wheels will have committed more than $43 million in donations to pediatric cancer research since the program began in 1998.  Hyundai Hope on Wheels is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

BROWARD HEALTH
Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information, visit www.browardhealth.org.