Hyundai Hope on Wheels {Sponsored post}

This is a guest post by Mallory Ciliberti.



Wednesday night, I had the honor and pleasure of being invited to Hyundai Hope on Wheels' Celebration of Life Dinner and Check Presentation at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. This event was not only a beautiful venue with fun activities and entertainment, it was also touching and extremely moving and MOTIVATING! Hyundai has been sponsoring this foundation for 19 years. Yes, NINETEEN years and it is an incredible commitment to helping to find a cure for
childhood cancer.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels was launched in 1998 and provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for childhood cancers. They focus solely on pediatric cancer, and because of that, this is one of the largest non-profit funders of pediatric cancer research IN THE COUNTRY!!  The buyers of Hyundai vehicles are the ones who are contributing to this awesome foundation! More than 835 United States dealers generously donate a small portion from every car sold.  In honor of September being National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, many Hyundai dealerships DOUBLE the donation they make to the foundation.

In September alone, 40 research grants totaling $8.5 million were given to institutions
nationwide.  Wow! How impressive is that? On the evening of September 27th, I was witness to the Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant being presented to TWO pediatric cancer researchers at our very own CHOP in Philadelphia.  The dinner also honored two specific children who have survived childhood cancer as well as the many children still fighting their own battles here in the Philadelphia area. Also recognized were the doctors and researchers of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who have made it their mission to END pediatric cancers. Ryan, age 14, was one of the most moving and motivating speakers I have ever heard. Ryan spoke of his journey with cancer.  He spoke of his gratitude for this organization. At the end of the program, we were able to understand the reason
for the handprints that the organization has on their logo. "Every handprint tells a story," and Ryan's story was one of many children affected by cancer; luckily, he was one of the survivors.


In one way or another, we have all been affected by cancer. Take a moment to spread the word and learn more about this inspiring and generous program. Hyundai Hope on Wheels has caught my attention and I am pleased to share and spread the word about ALL they are doing to help kids fight cancer.  You can learn more by going to www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org, visit them on social
media at Facebook.com/HyundaiHopeOnWheels and twitter.com/HopeOnWheels.


Disclaimer:  I was invited to the Celebration of Life Dinner as a paid member of
the media.  All opinions are my own.

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