Hope on Wheels: Miller Children’s Hospital gets a hand to fight cancer

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Jason, 10, puts his handprint on the Hyundai Santa Fe to commemorate the battles of local childhood cancer patients.

Childhood cancer patients and their families who have received treatment at the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach joined Hyundai and its dealers on Wednesday to present Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach with a check for $40,000.

The big event of the day was when the children were able to dip their hands in paint and leave a mark on the Hyundai Santa Fe.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels is the united effort of all Hyundai dealers across America to raise awareness about childhood cancer and celebrate the lives of children who are battling with cancer and those that have made a recovery.

Local Hyundai representatives presented Jerry Finklestein, MD, medical director of the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center, with a check for $40,000. The donatation will go to support the hospital’s research projects for childhood cancer research.

“It is so great to see what Hyundai is doing for children battling with cancer,” says Dr. Finklestein. “Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach is so grateful for this generous donation and I know that our patients are very grateful as well.”

After the check ceremony, the patients were able to put their handprints on the Hyundai Santa Fe. The children were able to choose blue, red or green paint and leave their mark on the car. The handprints commemorate the battles of children fighting cancer.

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