Hyundai Hope On Wheels (HHOW) is introducing its new youth brand ambassador as the nonprofit organization shares its plans to award $15 million in research grants this year. The money goes to funding pediatric cancer research and brings the organization's total giving to $200 million since 1998. HHOW, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is supported by Hyundai Motor America and its more than 820 U.S. dealers.
"Pediatric cancer remains the leading disease-related cause of death among children in the U.S. and that fuels our commitment to spread hope and end childhood cancer," said Kevin Reilly, vice chairman of the Hyundai Hope On Wheels Board of Directors, and president of Alexandria Hyundai. "Hyundai Hope on Wheels is truly humbled to have reached this milestone and remains steadfastly committed to finding a cure for the disease."
The year marks the program's 24th consecutive year after launching in 1998. Since then, it's awarded more than 1,000 research grants to improve outcomes and treatments for children diagnosed with cancer. Hyundai says HHOW is one of the longest-running corporate social responsibility efforts in the automotive industry.
Hyundai's Hope on Wheels initiative also has a new youth ambassador, 10-year-old Oliver Foster, from Bloomington, Ill. He was selected as the 2022-2024 National Youth Ambassador following a nationwide search.
HHOW selects a new ambassador every two years and shares their stories of courage and hope for other children and families battling cancer. During his time as ambassador, Oliver will travel the country to inspire others to join the fight against childhood cancer.
Meet Oliver and learn more about his inspirational story and the Hyundai Hope On Wheels program by visiting HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org.
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