Hyundai Hope on Wheels awards $250,000 in support of Georgia Cancer Center pediatric trial

Dr. Ted Johnson receives rare second grant from Hyundai

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Dr. Ted Johnson, a researcher and physicians at the Georgia Cancer Center, will accept a $250,000 Hyundai Hope Grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels (HHOW) and Augusta-area Hyundai dealers at a special handprint ceremony at 10 am Friday, September 16 at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. The award is being given in recognition and support of his pediatric neuro-oncology clinical trial. Early research which led to this trial was supported by a 2011 HHOW grant of $100,000. Dr. Johnson’s grant is one of only 24 awarded this year.

Guests and speakers at the ceremony will include:

  • Russell Keen, Executive Vice President for External Relations and Chief of Staff to the President, Augusta University
  • Lee Ann Liska, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer, August University Medical Center
  • Theodore Johnson, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Medical College of Georgia
  • Sue Wideman, mother of Jessica Wideman, a pediatric cancer patient
  • Hyundai Motor America and local dealers

Children’s Hospital of Georgia was one of just 24 recipients across the country selected by a rigorous scientific review panel to receive the highly competitive grant.

“Our mission at Hyundai Hope On Wheels is clear: End Childhood Cancer,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “These individual awards to hospitals and organizations across the country are pivotal to ending childhood cancer. Although there remains a lot more work to be done, the innovation that comes from this research will ultimately help us find a cure. To all the kids, families and cancer researchers fighting this terrible disease – you are not alone and we remain committed to this important cause.”


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. HHOW is one of the largest nonprofit funders of pediatric cancer research in the country, and primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 830 U.S. dealers. Since its inception, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $115 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.

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