The Washington, D.C. Auto Show and Washington Area Hyundai Dealers Team up to Support Georgetown Lombardi and Children’s National Hospital Through “Hyundai Hands On Hope” Contest
The Washington Area Hyundai Dealers, The Washington, D.C. Auto Show, Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Children’s National Hospital come together annually to fight pediatric cancer through the Hyundai Hands On Hope Contest at The Washington, D.C. Auto Show. In 2019, the longstanding “Hands On” contest at The Washington, D.C. Auto Show took a turn decidedly for the better – the contest would still award a winner a brand new Hyundai, but more importantly, as part of the contest, The Washington Area Hyundai Dealers would provide pediatric cancer research grants to Georgetown Lombardi and Children’s National. Drawing inspiration from Hyundai Hope on Wheels, the new contest was named “Hyundai Hands On Hope.”
Six contestants will compete for a brand-new 2023 Hyundai IONIQ5 over the 44-hour contest period. What makes this contest unique is that the contestants will also be competing for $100,000 in pediatric research grants for their medical centers.
This year’s six contestants will be selected from a pool of employees from Georgetown Lombardi and Children’s National – three contestants will form “Team Georgetown Lombardi” and three will form “Team Children’s National.” As part of this contest, the medical center where the winning contestant works will receive a $60,000 pediatric cancer research grant to move us ever closer to a cure for pediatric cancer. The runner-up medical center will receive a $40,000 pediatric cancer research grant.
For Georgetown Lombardi, its grant will be put towards funding pediatric cancer research. According to the American Cancer Society, just under 10,000 children in the U. S. under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer this year – a statistic that has held steady for the last decade. “Every 36 minutes a child is diagnosed with pediatric cancer,” shared Kevin Reilly, President of The Washington Area Hyundai Dealers. “As such, we need to do all we can to put funds in the hands of researchers finding cures, and saving children’s lives,” Reilly added.
Jeffery Toretsky, MD, a pediatric oncologist and researcher at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and previous recipient of grant funding from Hyundai Hope on Wheels says such awards allow him and his lab to be more imaginative.
“If we, pediatric oncology researchers, don’t aggressively go after novel approaches to creating drugs that are most important for targeting childhood cancer, nobody will. Our work at Georgetown led to a clinical trial in Ewing sarcoma. Hyundai Hope on Wheels has provided resources for my team to search outside the box in order to achieve new ways to treat cancer in both children and young adults.” Toretsky said.
Children’s National is also a leader in the fight against pediatric cancer. “Hyundai Hope On Wheels has fueled some of the most promising cancer research projects underway at Children’s National,” said Jeffrey Dome, M.D., Ph.D., Vice President of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National. “We are grateful to Hyundai Hope on Wheels — and all of the dealerships here and around the country — for their partnership and generous support for research in pediatric oncology.”
The announcement of the $100,000 in financial support was made today by The Washington, D.C. Auto Show President and CEO John O’Donnell and Kevin Reilly, owner of Alexandria Hyundai, and representative of The Washington Area Hyundai Dealers.
“The Hyundai Hands On Contest has long been a hallmark event at our show,” O’Donnell said. “We are thankful for the continued generosity of The Washington Area Hyundai Dealers in supporting our local medical centers to help the most vulnerable among us in their greatest time of need.”
“Hyundai has a long history of supporting the fight against pediatric cancer and the Hyundai Hands On Hope Contest contributes to that fight, benefiting two innovators in this field, Georgetown Lombardi and Children’s National,” Reilly said. “The Washington Area Hyundai dealers are proud to support their great work with $100,000 total in pediatric cancer research grants.”
Hyundai dealers in the Washington, D.C. area, as well as throughout the United States, support Hyundai Hope on Wheels, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to finding cures for pediatric cancer. Hyundai Hope on Wheels is one of the largest non-profit 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 835 U.S. dealers, including the 19 Hyundai dealers that comprise The Washington Area Hyundai Dealers. This year Hyundai Hope on Wheels celebrates its 25th Anniversary since inception, donating over $200 million in pediatric cancer research grants.
“Hyundai Hope on Wheels has long supported the ground breaking pediatric cancer research undertaken at Georgetown Lombardi and Children’s National, and is proud to have supported over $5 million in pediatric cancer research at these incredible institutions” said Reilly, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Hyundai Hope on Wheels.
The Washington, D.C. Auto Show takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C.