Hyundai Hope on Wheels Awards $250,000 to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Hyundai Hope on Wheels continues its mission to fund childhood cancer research with the help of local dealers.  On Tuesday, September 9th, Hope on Wheels awarded Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh a grant of $250,000 to fund promising cancer research led by Dr. Linda McAllister-Lucas and Dr. Peter Lucas.  Throughout September, National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, Hyundai ran a campaign to generate $9 million to benefit 36 pediatric cancer research projects around the country.

“There is no greater call for any society than that of protecting and nurturing its children,” said Dave Zuchowski, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor America and Hope On Wheels board member.

Each grant focuses on a specific aspect of childhood cancer.  The grant awarded to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will support osteosarcoma research, which is the most common bone tumor in children.  In this video, Dr. Kurt Weiss, assistant professor of Children’s Hospital’s Orthopaedic Surgery Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology, explains osteosarcoma and its latest treatment options.

Rob Cochran speaks on behalf of local Pittsburgh Hyundai dealers.

During the ceremony, Dr. Weiss gave an emotional speech detailing his own personal battle with osteosarcoma as a young teen and how his journey led him to a career in musculoskeletal oncology.  As a cancer survivor and former Children’s Hospital patient, Dr. Weiss offered personal insight on the importance of funding these programs and the direct impact it will have on the lives of the children, despite federal budget cuts.

Following his inspirational story, Dr. Weiss presented a thank you card to Hyundai from the patients at Children’s Hospital.  “It’s wonderful to be here and celebrate the generosity of Hyundai and #1 Cochran.  We’re going to put that money to good use,” said Dr. Weiss.

Since its inception in 1998, Hope on Wheels has awarded $87 million to pediatric cancer research.  With exciting medical breakthroughs on the horizon, researchers are optimistic about future treatment and prevention of osteosarcoma and other forms of childhood cancer.  For 16 years, Hope on Wheels has been a driving force behind this research, and the #1 Cochran family is honored to be a part of it.

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