(Syracuse, NY) On Wednesday, June 12, Hyundai Hope On Wheels® awarded Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital of Syracuse, NY with a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant, presented to Jody Sima, M.D., to expand the Survivor Wellness Center to include pediatric patients treated in Upstate’s Brain Tumor Program and address late effects of therapy from the time of diagnosis. The children’s hospital’s Survivor Wellness Center provides long-term, follow-up care, for cancer survivors of all ages. Sima is director of the Survivor Wellness Center at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at Upstate Medical University.

The check was officially presented during Hope On Wheels’ signature Handprint Ceremony at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. At the ceremony, children who are treated at the Dr. William J. Waters Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders at the children’s hospital will dip their hands in colorful paint and place their handprints on a white Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, the official vehicle of Hope On Wheels, to commemorate their brave battles with cancer.

In 2013, Hope On Wheels will donate 40 Hyundai Scholar Grants totaling $3 million to institutions across the country. Recipients of these grants are known as Hyundai Scholars. By year-end 2013, Hope On Wheels will surpass $72 million in donations to pediatric cancer institutions nationwide since its inception in 1998.


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.


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance