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Children’s Hospital of Michigan receives grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels to fight childhood cancer


Sometimes the transformational things we talk about on this blog take on a very different form than Detroit’s resurgence. Sometimes we look at what makes Detroit a transformational city for people around the world.

Children’s Hospital of Michigan is one of those things. Every day the doctors and staff fight to give, not only Detroit’s children, but sick children from all over, a better life. Patients come to Children’s from other states and countries for help. The commitment and passion of the doctors and staff have been recognized over and over again.

Now it’s happened one more time.

Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation a $250,000 Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant to fund childhood cancer research led by Dr. Jeffrey Taub, chief of pediatric oncology at the Children’s (shown above).


The need is dire. Every 36 minutes a child in the U.S. is diagnosed with cancer. Every 36 minutes!

As the newly named Hyundai Scholar, Dr. Taub, will use the funds to develop new therapies for children with acute myeloid leukemia who have relapsed after treatment with standard chemotherapy.

The non-profit Hyundai Hope On Wheels is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, it provides research grants to eligible institutions across the country. Primary funding comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 dealers.

More than $107 million has been donated since the organization was founded and more than $5 million has been donated this month, which is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

In September, Hyundai Hope On Wheels will award more than $15 million in pediatric cancer research grants. This means brings its total funding to more than $100 million it was founded.

If you have minute please explore the September website and check out the handprints of the kids fighting cancer. You can help raise awareness about the fight against childhood cancer by changing your Facebook profile picture to the “Every Handprint Tells A Story” image below. Simply download the image below and set it as your Facebook profile photo.


“The more handprints we collect, the better we can demonstrate to kids battling cancer that they are not alone,” says the organization.

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