For pediatric cancer patients and their families, hope comes in many forms. On July 7, it was in the form of Hyundai’s Hope On Wheels car, parked outside Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s hospital ready to be decorated with handprints of young cancer patients.
The Handprint Ceremony was part of a yearly event put on by Hyundai Hope On Wheels, a nonprofit organization that sent a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe to Cleveland for the ceremony. When a big SUV is covered with the prints of tiny hands, it shows young patients that they’re not alone in facing cancer.
Supporting Pediatric Research
Hyundai Hope On Wheels also presented a check for $50,000 to Cleveland Clinic Children’s to develop a biorepository of tissue samples that will be used by Cleveland Clinic researchers to study pediatric cancer and blood disorders.
Rabi Hanna, MD, Pediatric Oncologist and Interim Chair of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Pediatric Hematology Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation Department, will direct the biorepository project in collaboration with Charis Eng, MD, PhD, Department Chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Genomic Medicine Institute and holder of the Sondra J. and Stephen R. Hardis Endowed Chair in Cancer Genomic Medicine.
The biorepository will be used by researchers from the world-renowned Genomic Medicine Institute to perform genetic analyses on tissue samples from individuals undergoing stem cell transplantation. These and other studies promise to greatly enhance future treatment of pediatric cancers and blood disorders, for the benefit of countless patients and families.
“Cancer is unique in that it is not simply one disease but hundreds of different diseases,” Dr. Hanna says. “Each specific type of cancer requires different attention, approaches and treatment plans. The only way we can conquer pediatric cancer is with research to help us understand and develop innovative treatments.”
Cleveland Clinic Children’s is nationally recognized for its cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals.”
A Mission to End Childhood Cancer
“The mission of Hyundai Hope On Wheels is clear: to end childhood cancer,” says Zafar Brooks, Executive Director of Hyundai Hope On Wheels. “Cleveland Clinic Children’s has a world-class record of helping families affected by pediatric cancer nationwide and more widely, and we are delighted to be supporting the development of a biorepository under the management of Dr. Hanna.”
Primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 U.S. dealers.
“Philanthropic support at every level helps to achieve our mission to take care of children with hematologic and cancer disorders in a holistic way that maintains quality of life,” Dr. Hanna says. “It helps us to investigate their problems through innovative research that brings hope to patients with life threatening disorders.”
A National Leader in Pediatric Care
Cleveland Clinic Children’s earned national recognition from U.S. News in nine specialties including Heart, Gastroenterology, Neurology & Neurosurgery and considered best in Northeast Ohio for those specialties. Cleveland Clinic Children’s also ranks nationally in Cancer, Pulmonology, Urology, Orthopaedics, and Nephrology and Diabetes & Endocrinology.
Overall, Cleveland Clinic is ranked No. 2 in the nation by U.S. News.
The full rankings and methodology are available online and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2016 guidebook, available in August.