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New York Medical College Wins $250,000 Research Grant From Hyundai Hope on Wheels in Honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


Valhalla, N.Y., September 17, 2013 – Hyundai Hope On Wheels® and Westchester-area Hyundai dealers today awarded Mitchell Cairo, M.D., a physician-researcher at New York Medical College and the head of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s pediatric hematology/oncology team, a $250,000 Hyundai Hope Grant for pediatric cancer research.

The grant will support Dr. Cairo’s work to develop targeted therapies for Burkitt’s lymphoma. New York Medical College is one of 41 recipients of Hope On Wheels’ 2013 Hyundai Hope Grants. Hyundai Hope Grants fund research projects with the greatest potential to improve the lives of children battling cancer.

"This grant will fund important research to develop treatments for Burkitt’s lymphoma,” said Dr.  Cairo, who holds faculty appointments in pediatrics, medicine, pathology, microbiology and immunology and cell biology at the College and is Chief, Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. “We’re grateful to Hyundai for this generous donation and Hyundai’s dedication to finding a cure for pediatric cancer. Children cared for at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital for Burkitt’s lymphoma will be among the first in the nation to benefit from research results. ”

The $250,000 Hyundai Hope Grant to Dr. Cairo was officially presented during a Hope On Wheels Handprint Ceremony at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center on September 17. During the ceremony, local children affected by cancer placed their handprints dipped in colorful paint on a white 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, the official vehicle of Hope On Wheels. Every handprint tells a story and this ceremony celebrates the courageous lives of the children faced with cancer and brings Hope On Wheels’ community of supporters together.

Throughout September, Hope On Wheels will also conduct a new social media campaign inviting the public to join the pediatric cancer fight and share stories of children battling cancer to raise awareness about this disease that affects nearly 15,000 new children annually in the U.S.  Visitors to Hyundai’s Facebook page will be able to lend a hand through the app “Every Handprint Tells A Story,” which allows visitors to add their handprint to an interactive map of hope, as well as watch and read the stories of some of the amazing children. Hope On Wheels collects the handprints of hundreds of children each year, and each represents the hope and courage of an individual child impacted by cancer.

Hope On Wheels builds public awareness about the importance of this cause and provides funds to nonprofit children’s hospitals across the U.S. for pediatric cancer research and programs. The nonprofit is funded by Hyundai and its U.S. dealers. With every new vehicle sold in the U.S., Hyundai and its dealers make a contribution to Hope On Wheels.

About Hyundai Hope on Wheels
Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, Hyundai Hope On Wheels provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease. Primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 U.S. dealers. At the end of its 15th year, Hyundai Hope On Wheels will have awarded more than $72 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.

About New York Medical College
New York Medical College, one of the nation’s oldest private health sciences universities, offers advanced degrees in medicine, science, public health and the health professions. The leading academic biomedical research institution between New York City and Albany, the university manages more than $34.5 million in research and other sponsored programs, notably in the areas of cardiovascular disease, cancer, kidney disease, the neurosciences and infectious diseases. Please visit for more information.

About Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is the advanced care pediatric facility for New York's Hudson Valley region and Fairfield County, Connecticut. It is home to the region’s only pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric transplant program, burn center and cardiac catheterization program and cares for the area’s most critically ill and injured kids.


Donna Moriarty, M.P.H. ’04
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