Abby Dettelbach reacts before putting handprints on a Hyundai Santa Fe during the Hyundai Hope on Wheels event at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, Calif. on July 7, 2010. Hyundai gave $40,000 to the hospital for pediatric cancer research. Young patients at the hospital also got to put their handprints on a Hyundai Santa Fe. Dettelbach was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumor when she was two years-old. Her tumor was removed and the cancer has not returned. Wilms’ tumor, a rare type of kidney cancer that affects children. It causes a tumor on one or both kidneys.
From the press release: Hyundai Hope on Wheels is the united effort of all 780 Hyundai dealers across the U.S. to raise awareness about childhood cancer and celebrate the lives of children battling the disease. Hyundai Hope on Wheels has donated more than $14 million to childhood cancer research since 1998, when it began as a local initiative supported by New England-area Hyundai dealers. Every time a new Hyundai vehicle is sold in the U.S. $5 is donated to Hope on Wheels, which donates those funds to children’s hospitals across the country during the Hope on Wheels Tour. This year’s tour will travel to more than 40 children’s hospitals and donate $2.1 million to support doctors engaged in childhood cancer research, making 2010 the largest single year of donations in the organization’s history. See more pictures>>