On Wednesday, Hyundai Hope On Wheels awarded two University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital doctors with Hyundai Scholar Hope Grants to fund childhood cancer research projects.
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist Michael Verneris, MD, will receive a $250,000 Hyundai Scholar Research Grant for his work with children with high-risk and/or chemotherapy-refractory solid tumors. Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist Peter Gordon, MD, PhD, will receive a $150,000 Hyundai Scholar Young Investigator Grant for his work investigating the impact of the central nervous system micro-environment on leukemia.
The grants were officially received during a Hope On Wheels Handprint Ceremony at Masonic Children’s Hospital. During the ceremony, two childhood cancer patients at Masonic Children's Hospital had a chance to put their handprints on a Hyundai Hope on Wheels vehicle to commemorate area children affected by cancer.
The event was part of a Hope On Wheels campaign to honor National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Hyundai Hope On Wheels is a nonprofit organization committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, the nonprofit provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease.
Editor's Note: Michael Verneris is no longer employed by University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, but many other Masonic Children's Hospital experts continue to carry out groundbreaking pediatric cancer research to find a cure for every child.