Ascension Indiana’s Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital and Ascension Texas’s Dell Children’s Medical Center each received a $100,000 Hyundai Impact Award Grant to support pediatric cancer research and continue their longstanding fight against pediatric cancer.

Hyundai Hope On Wheels (HHOW) is one of the largest funders of pediatric cancer research in the nation and this year will reach $160 million in total lifetime funding since 1998 toward finding a cure. This year’s $100,000 grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels (HHOW) puts HHOW’s total giving to the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center over the $1 million mark.

The Ascension hospitals are two of 77 recipients of a combined $16 million in new grants this year to develop innovative approaches to finding a cure for the disease.

This summer the nonprofit organization is on a nationwide tour to award new grants. It presented the award at Ascension’s Dell Children’s Medical Center in June and Ascension’s Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in July. Children being treated at the hospitals who are battling cancer participated handprint ceremonies, in which they dipped their hands in paint and placed their handprints on a white 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. The colorful handprints on the official Hope Vehicle represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes and dreams.

“I am thrilled to accept the Hyundai Hope On Wheels Impact Award on behalf of the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center at Dell Children’s Medical Center,” said pediatric psychologist Puja Patel, PhD. “Hyundai’s generous support over the last decade has allowed us to improve overall care for our patients by increasing our understanding of how best to design and deliver that care. With Hyundai’s new gift, we will be able to further enhance the role of behavioral health in pediatric oncology at our center. And, as a result, we can provide the utmost care for patients, siblings and caregivers through the integration of behavioral healthcare within medical treatment – starting as early as a child’s cancer diagnosis and continuing support through survivorship. On behalf of our patients and the families we serve, we are deeply grateful for the advancement in our pediatric cancer care.”

“We are grateful for organizations like Hyundai Hope On Wheels who are joining us in this fight to help save the lives of children,” said Hossain Marandi, MD, MBA, FACHE, President, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. “Their gift provides hope to families whose only desire is for their child to grow and live a full and healthy life.”