Hyundai Hope On Wheels: Handprints and Hope to End Childhood Cancer

Every 36 minutes a child in the U.S. is diagnosed with pediatric cancer. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Marking it’s 20th consecutive year of donations, Hyundai Hope On Wheels (HHOW), Hyundai Motor America’s non-profit organization, and over 800 dealers will award more than $14 million dollars to support research options in pediatric cancer.

EverydayFamily’s Shiloh Johnson got to speak with Zafar Brooks, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, and Hope on Wheels National Youth Ambassador, Carter Gates, to talk about Hope on Wheels. See the full interview: 

HHOW demonstrates its commitment with visits to local children’s hospitals across the country to honor the brave children and their families on the front line of the disease and to present research grant awards. Visits include HHOW’s signature Handprint Ceremony, where local children battling cancer dip their hands in paint and place their handprints on a white 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, the official Hope vehicle. Childhood cancer researchers depend largely on private funding for groundbreaking therapies to get off the ground and to advance treatment approaches to the next phase of testing ultimately bringing better therapies and cure to kids with cancer. The grants from HHOW deliver on its decades-long commitment to support the most promising childhood cancer research throughout the nation. This year, 24 of the 28 grant recipient hospitals are ranked with the Top 50 of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital for Pediatric Cancer, with two institutions claiming the #2 and #3 rankings.

A note from Scott Fink, Chairman, Hyundai Hope on Wheels Board of Directors:

“Our aim is to focus on funding research with the best potential of giving kids the healthy childhoods they deserve. We’re humbled to say that we’ve now funded more than $145 million dollars since 1998 to support lifesaving childhood cancer research towards finding a cure. This achievement is made possible by the collective efforts of our amazing dealers, volunteers, and supporters across the nation. Together, we are leading the charge to end childhood cancer.”

To help spread the awareness, go to Hyundai Hope on Wheels. Three main things happen on this website:

  1. Raising awareness and giving the facts about pediatric cancer (including some staggering statistics).
  2. Personalizing cancer, giving pediatric cancer a face and a personality. There are videos of courageous kids in the middle of their treatment, telling their stories and what they’re going through.
  3. Allowing people to individually contribute and partner with Hope on Wheels, to help further research funding and put an end to pediatric cancer.

Here’s a little more about Carter's story: Carter Gates, a 13-year-old from Colorado Springs, CO, was diagnosed at the age of 8 with T cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. He participated in an aggressive therapy for three-and-a-half years and is still suffering from many side-effects. However, he has been declared cancer-free! Carter travels around the country as an HHOW Youth Ambassador sharing his story with other kids and their families.


Carter's message to everyone is this:

“Attitude is everything. If you're going through treatment, or any hardship in life, there's always going to be a positive and a negative side. But you're going to have to go through it either way, so I recommend choosing the positive side. It's more fun and you can make the most of things.”

As “Every Handprint Tells a Story,” the colorful handprints of brave pediatric cancer fighters represent their individual and collective hopes, dreams, and journeys. Until the end of September, the Hope Vehicle will travel nationwide to honor kids battling cancer, raise awareness of the disease and inspire hope toward a cure. During this time, the public is invited to join the campaign. Supporters are encouraged to visit and sign Hyundai Wall of Hope on and add their handprint to show their support for the cause.

Brooks emphasized,

“We're all in this together. If we join hands, if we fight together, we can win this fight, for kids like Carter. And every day we can get farther in this fight to end childhood cancer.”

For more information, visit or on


and Twitter at @HyundaiHopeOnWheels

2018 September Hyundai Hope on Wheels Grant Winners

Date     Institution     Amount

8/22 Primary Children’s; Salt Lake City, UT $1,000,000

9/5 Nationwide Children’s Hospital; Columbus, OH $500,000

9/5 Columbia University Medical Center; New York, NY $2,500,000

9/6 Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; Los Angeles, CA $500,000

9/6 Cleveland Medical Center; Cleveland, OH $200,000

9/6 Memorial Sloan Kettering; New York, NY $500,000

9/7 Rady Children’s Hospital; San Diego, CA $200,000

9/12 Children’s National Hospital; Washington, DC $200,000

9/12 Johns Hopkins University; Baltimore, MD $500,000

9/14 Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children; Wilmington, DE $200,000

9/18 Children’s Hospital Colorado; Aurora, CO $500,000

9/19 University of Florida; Gainesville, FL $200,000

9/19 St. Louis Children’s Hospital; St. Louis, MO $1,000,000


9/20 Aflac Children’s Cancer Center; Atlanta, GA $500,000

9/20 Comer Children’s Hospital; Chicago, IL $300,000

9/21 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA $500,000

9/23 Jimmy Fund Cancer Walk & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Boston, MA $800,000

9/24 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; Stanford, CA $300,000

9/24 Children’s Medical Center; Dallas, TX $500,000

9/24 Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Seattle, WA $300,000

9/24 Texas Children’s Hospital; Houston, TX $600,000

9/26 University of Texas MD Anderson; Houston, TX $200,000

9/26 Mayo Clinic; Rochester, MN $1,100,000

9/26 Montefiore Medical Center; Bronx, NY $300,000

9/27 University of Minnesota; Minneapolis, MN $400,000

9/27 New York University School of Medicine; New York, NY $300,000

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