MUSC received a $250,000 Hope
Grant Sept. 6 to support research
focused on the treatment of
neuroblastoma, becoming one of 41
recipients of Hope On Wheels' 2012
Hyundai Hope Grants.
Chase Towne, 4,
enjoys making a handprint.
The grant was presented at a
signature Handprint Ceremony in
the Children's Hospital atrium.
This ceremony captures the
colorful handprints of young
cancer patients and places them on
a white 2012 Hyundai Tucson, the
official vehicle of the program.
Every Handprint Ceremony
celebrates the lives of children
faced with cancer and commemorates
their brave battles with cancer.
According to John Krafcik,
president and chief executive
officer of Hyundai Motor America,
"At Hyundai, our goal is for a
child to never again have to hear
the words 'you have cancer.'
Through the support of our
dealers, hospital partners, and
online community, this goal is
attainable as we join together for
a cure. We congratulate and
commend each institution for their
important life-changing work, and
thank our supporters for their
To improve the odds in the fight
for a cure, Hope On Wheels raised
its Hyundai Hope Grant award
amount this year from $100,000 to
$250,000. In all, $10.25 million
will be awarded in grants during
the month of September in honor of
National Childhood Cancer
Awareness Month. The monthlong
program marks Hope On Wheels'
largest research grant donation
period to date. It will bring the
total amount that the nonprofit
has committed to childhood cancer
to $57 million since it first
began in 1998.
Rahmaniyan holds a check that
will go to fund his research in
the treatment of neuroblastoma,
a cancer that forms in nerve
tissue and often begins in early
Jacqueline Kraveka, D.O.,
director of MUSC's pediatric
oncology research lab, said she's
pleased to be a part of the Hope
On Wheels campaign. In its third
annual September campaign, Hope On
Wheels opened its competitive
grant program to all Children's
Oncology Group institutions. Every
proposal received was reviewed by
Hope On Wheels' Medical Advisory
Committee, comprised of leading
pediatric oncologists from around
"We are honored that Dr. Mehrdad
Rahmaniyan is a recipient of Hope
Grant," said Kraveka. "I commend
Hyundai Motor America for its
commitment to pediatric cancer
research. Our laboratory focuses
in neuroblastoma, one of the
deadliest childhood cancers. This
grant will support research on
targeting a novel lipid biomarker
to improve survival rates for high
risk neuroblastoma patients."
Dr. Rita Ryan, fifth
from right, applauds Hyundai Motor
America for donating $250,000
toward research at MUSC Children's
Hospital. With Ryan are: (from
left) Rick Hendrick, Sam Brnovich,
Dr. Mehrdad Rahmaniyan, Dr.
Jacqueline Kraveka and the Towne
family, Christine and Chuck with
children Olivia, Chase and Faith.
For additional information on
Hyundai Hope On Wheels and its
efforts during National Childhood
Cancer Awareness Month, visit HyundaiHopeonWheels.org.