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A major boost to pediatric cancer research is a reason to smile.

Posted at 12:52 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 15:52:06-04

· Approximately 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday*

· Because of major treatment advances in recent decades, 84% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more. Overall, this is a huge increase since the mid-1970s, when the 5-year survival rate was about 58%**

· Continued research grants allow doctors to advance new novel therapies and treatments to increase child survival rates.

Non-profit organization Hyundai Hope On Wheels® (HHOW) continues their commitment to the cause with $11 million in new grants to doctors for ground-breaking research to find a cure. HHOW will recognize the grant winning doctors and pay homage to families affected by pediatric cancer during virtual handprint ceremonies to be held throughout the month of September at benefiting children hospitals. During the unprecedented coronavirus global pandemic, the charity has also allocated $4.4 million of this year’s grants for COVID-19 drive thru testing at 23 locations across the nation. These drive-thru testing centers allow for safe and efficient ways for children and their families, as well as health care providers, to receive COVID-19 testing.