The check, $75,000, was part of Hyundai’s involvement with the Hope on Wheels program and was presented to Dr. David Meeker, a pediatric oncologist at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute of Boise, a BBB accredited business. The grant is for his work in developing technology to find novel genetic mutations in pediatric cancers.
Meeker said the genetic research holds tremendous promise to treat pediatric cancer
“The generosity of Hyundai provides much-needed funding to further research that will help us identify ways to improve the health of some of our most valuable patients,” he says.
Meeker was presented with the award May 23. He is one of 43 recipients of the Hope on Wheels’ 2012 Hyundai Scholars Grant. In 2012, Hope on Wheels plans to give $12 million to children’s hospitals nationwide. At the end of the year, it will surpass $57 million in total donations to pediatric cancer since it began in 1998, said Derrick Hatami, west region general manager from Hyundai Motor America.
Dealerships, like BBB accredited business Bronco Motors, fund the grants. Hyundai also plans to hand out 36 grants of $250,000 each in September, which is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.