Akron Children's wins $100,000 Hope on Wheels grant from Hyundai


Hyundai Hope on Wheels and the Northern Ohio Hyundai dealers awarded Akron Children’s Hospital with a $100,000 Hope Grant to support Akron Children’s Childhood Cancer Survivor Transition Clinic.

Akron Children’s Hospital is one of 71 recipients of Hyundai Hope on Wheels’ 2011 Hope Grant program, where $7.1 million will be 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 Akron Children’s Hospital was presented during a Hope Grant ceremony at Akron Children’s in Akron on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. During the ceremony, Akron-area children battling cancer placed their handprints in colorful paint on a canvas to represent each child’s personal triumph.

“As a result of Hyundai’s generosity, Akron Children’s Hospital will be creating a transition clinic for cancer survivors who are young adults,” said Stephanie Savelli, MD, director of the cancer survivorship program at Akron Children’s Hospital. “A key component of this clinic will be working with our patients to help them become more responsible for their own ongoing health care needs.”

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 will be presented during a Hope Grant ceremony that will take place at the participating institution’s campus.

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

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.

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  • More than 70% of children with cancer will be cured.
  • Thanks to Hyundai’s generosity, Akron Children’s will create a transition clinic for cancer survivors who are young adults.
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