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Hyundai Hope on Wheels Awards $250,000 Grant to American Family Children's Hospital

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Hyundai Hope on Wheels Awards $250,000 Grant to American Family Children's Hospital

Dr. Otto will research a new small-molecule drug in combination with immunotherapy for solid tumor cancers that are hard to treat.Madison, Wisconsin - Hyundai Hope on Wheels awarded American Family Children’s Hospital a $250,000 Hyundai Scholar Hope Grant to fund childhood cancer research led by Dr. Mario Otto.

As the newest Hyundai scholar, Dr. Otto, a UW Health pediatric hematologist/oncologist, will use the funds to produce pre-clinical data on a new small-molecule drug in combination with immunotherapy for solid tumor cancers that are particularly hard to treat.

The grant was awarded during a Hope on Wheels handprint ceremony at American Family Children’s Hospital on September 11, 2015. The ceremony honored Wisconsin children affected by cancer by capturing their handprints on a white Hyundai Tucson.

The ceremony was held in the children’s hospital lobby and a patio adjacent to the building and is part of a Hyundai campaign to commemorate National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Two years ago, Hyundai named childhood cancer researcher Dr. Paul Sondel a Hyundai scholar with a $250,000 grant. He is using the grant to take the next steps in his innovative work in immunotherapy. Sondel continues to work on a study that uses an antibody that binds to neuroblastoma, a hard-to-treat cancer. The antibody attracts disease-killing white blood cells to attack the cancer.


Date Published: 09/09/2015