Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Awarded
$325,000 in Research Grants from Hyundai Hope on Wheels

in Honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

News Release - September 2012

rd, Conn. – On Thursday, September 6, Hyundai Hope On Wheels and Hartford-area Hyundai dealers awarded Connecticut Children’s Medical Center with a total of $325,000 in grants to support pediatric cancer research.  

Olga Toro-Salazar, MD, of Connecticut Children’s is one of 41 recipients of the Hope On Wheels’ 2012 Hyundai Hope Grants in the amount of $250,000. Andrea Orsey, MD, also received a $75,000 Scholar Grant, bringing this year’s donation to $325,000 and the total donation since 2006 to $455,000. 

In its third annual September campaign, Hope On Wheels opened its competitive grant program to all Children’s Oncology Group institutions. Every proposal received was reviewed by Hope On Wheels’ Medical Advisory Committee, comprised of leading pediatric oncologists from around the country.  

“The staff at Connecticut Children’s and Hyundai Hope On Wheels share a common goal – the improvement in the lives of children battling cancer and an end goal of a cure,” said Dr. Olga Toro-Salazar, 2012 Hope On Wheels Hope Grant recipient. “We are honored to have the support of Hyundai to help achieve these goals.”

The Hyundai Hope Grant and Scholar Grant was presented to Connecticut Children's at a signature Handprint Ceremony. This ceremony captured the colorful handprints of young cancer patients and placed them on a white 2012 Hyundai Tucson, the official vehicle of the program. Every Handprint Ceremony celebrates the lives of the children faced with cancer and commemorates their brave battles with cancer.

“At Hyundai, our goal is for a child to never again have to hear the words ‘you have cancer’,” said John Krafcik, President and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “Through the support of our dealers, hospital partners, and online community, this goal is attainable as we join together for a cure. We congratulate and commend each institution for their important and life-changing work, and thank our supporters for their continued efforts.”   

In addition to the research grants, Hope On Wheels has awarded Connecticut Children’s with $10,000 toward the purchase of personal technology and electronics as part of the Hyundai Hot Spot Award, which is designed to fill the void of in-care activities catered to teen patients. 

For more information on Hyundai Hope On Wheels and its efforts during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, please visit

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