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9.27.2011

Pediatric Oncologist Receives Hyundai Hope Grant

Hyundai Motor America and its Miami-Fort Lauderdale dealers have awarded Martin Andreansky, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, a $100,000 Hyundai Hope Grant to support an initiative aimed at increasing South Florida minority representation in bone marrow registries and cord blood banks. The project will benefit pediatric cancer patients in South Florida and beyond who are in need of a blood or marrow transplant and have been unable to find a match.

Hyundai officials presented Dr. Andreansky, who leads the pediatric blood and marrow transplant program at the Miller School and Holtz Children’s Hospital, with the grant on September 9 at the Batchelor Children’s Research Institute. The grant is part of the automaker’s Hope on Wheels program, which is awarding a total of $7.1 million to support childhood cancer research at 71 children’s hospitals across the nation in recognition of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month This September.

“Hyundai’s support helps make it possible to understand why minorities are severely underrepresented in the national donor marrow banks,” said Dr. Andreansky, who is also director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Program at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. “With this understanding, we can work to increase the minority representation and help save the lives of children in desperate need of a transplant.”

After the presentation, children from the pediatric blood and marrow transplant program dipped their hands in colorful paint and affixed their prints to a blank canvas to commemorate their brave battles with cancer, and express their gratitude to Hyundai. The beautiful canvas will hang in the new seven-bed pediatric blood and marrow transplant unit at Holtz Children’s Hospital.

“Hyundai has been a dedicated donor to our pediatric oncology program since 2010,” said Julio Barredo, M.D., Toppel Family Professor and director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics and director of Children’s Cancer Programs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. “With this grant, we have now received $250,000 from Hyundai Hope on Wheels to help our physicians and researchers get closer to a cure for childhood cancer. We are proud to be a recipient of Hyundai’s generosity.”

John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, said the company is “thrilled to honor National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by donating Hope Grants to institutions that are creating new possibilities to support and help cure childhood cancer. Hyundai and our dealers will continue to support these doctors and institutions and bring attention to the disease that affects so many young people,” he said.

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