The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will host a $30,000 check presentation and “handprint” ceremony Thursday, Oct. 11, from 3 – 4 PM.

Who: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will be presented a check for $30,000 from Hope on Wheels Hyundai Dealers to fund pediatric cancer research.

What: Hyundai’s Hope On Wheels program is the united effort of more than 750 Hyundai dealers to raise awareness for kids battling pediatric cancer. A symbolic “handprint” ceremony will take place at The University of Texas Health Science Center Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute to celebrate the children’s lives and treatment milestones by capturing their handprints on a 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe.

When: Thursday, Oct. 11, from 3 – 4 PM

Where: Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, 8403 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229

Photo Ops: The event will feature a check presentation ceremony. Representatives from Hyundai’s South Central Region and Red McCombs Hyundai will present a ceremonial check to Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, President of UT Health Science Center; Dr. Sharon Murphy, Director of Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute; and Dr. Tom Mayes, Chair of Department of Pediatrics of The University of Texas Health Science Center.
Children who are current and past cancer patients will take part in the “handprint” ceremony, placing their handprints on the 2007 Hope on Wheels Santa Fe.

Interview Ops: Representatives from the Hyundai South Central Region and local Red McCombs Hyundai
Ron Bendick and Andrea Webb from HMA; and Red McCombs
Representatives from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Dr. Francisco Cigarroa; Dr. Sharon Murphy; Dr. Tom Mayes; Dr. Gail Tomlinson

The Hope On Wheels Story
Hyundai dealers and Hyundai Motor America wanted to tie their passion for helping kids fight cancer with their desire to give back to the communities in which they live and work. Hope on Wheels was created to do both.
Hyundai joined the fight against pediatric cancer in 1998 through the efforts of New England-area Hyundai dealers and their donations benefiting the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

U.S. Hyundai dealers decided they could make an even greater impact if they took their message on the road. So in February 2004, the message went mobile, with a Hyundai SUV serving as a tangible, traveling symbol of hope on a journey across the country with the mission of Helping Kids Fight Cancer.
About Hope On Wheels 2007 Since the inception of Hope On Wheels in 2004, the tour has visited more than 70 hospitals nationwide and collected more than 300 handprints. Hyundai and its dealers have contributed more than $8 million to research institutions across the country to date. In 2007, Hyundai will visit 30 institutions and expects to reach $10 million in total contributions since adopting pediatric cancer as a national cause.

Contact: Jackie Lacambra
Cell: 310-719-5508
Kevin Oates
Cell: 310-869-7519

Red McCombs, President
Red McCombs Hyundai
(210) 684-7440

Nancy Arispe, External Affairs
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
(210) 567-0729

About Hyundai: Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced by more than 750 Hyundai dealerships nationwide.

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