On September 18th-19th, Hyundai Hope On Wheels hosted its annual Pediatric Cancer Program in DC. Congressional leaders, Hyundai executives, dealers, Medical Advisory Committee members, pediatric cancer patients, survivors and their families, and local children’s hospitals joined together to participate in the events. The events focused on Hyundai’s commitment to pediatric cancer research during September’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and also celebrated the $72 million that Hope On Wheels has donated since the program’s inception in 1998.
The night of the 18th, a welcome reception kicked off the activities in the Ways & Means Committee Room in the Longworth House Office Building. Guests included executives from Hyundai Motor America, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Hyundai Motor Company, pediatric organizations, Hyundai dealers and CJ George, the Hope On Wheels National Youth Ambassador, and family. The reception was attended by several members of Congress who showed their support for the program. Congressional members in attendance included Mike Kelly (R-PA), Martha Roby (R-AL), Tom Marino (R-PA), Donna Christensen (D-VI), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Terri Sewell (D-AL), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).
The next day, Hyundai Hope On Wheels held its annual September Pediatric Cancer Program press conference at the Rayburn House Office Building. The conference began with a musical performance by Kaitlyn Dorman, a 12 year old cancer survivor from Baltimore, MD. This event was also attended by several members of congress who came out to show their support for Hyundai Hope On Wheels. The event was also attended by Honorable Ahn Ho-young, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the US who spoke to Hyundai’s commitment to pediatric cancer. Following the Hope On Wheels press conference was the Fourth Annual Childhood Cancer Summit hosted by the Congressional Childhood Cancer Caucus.
That evening, over 150 guests including a variety of key industry leaders, Hyundai executives, dealers, Hope On Wheels board members, top oncologist’s from across the country, pediatric cancer groups, patients, and members of Congress participated in the annual Hope On Wheels gala event. The gala highlighted Hyundai’s commitment to pediatric cancer and celebrated hope. Musical entertainment was provided by the Children’s Chorus of Washington, a group of talented children who have performed throughout the world. Keynote addresses were provided by Representatives’ Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). As the evening came to an end, John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America and BH Lee, Chief Coordinator, Hyundai Motor America invited children from local hospitals to the stage. Each child received a Medal of Hope to recognize their courage and perseverance in defeating cancer.
Photo credit Hyundai Hope On Wheels
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