UTHSC receives $75,000 grant toward pediatric cancer research

Hyundai Hope On Wheels awards grant to School of Medicine fellow

SAN ANTONIO - UT Health Science Center got a major boost toward pediatric cancer research on Tuesday, thanks to Hyundai's Hope On Wheels organization.

San Antonio Hyundai dealers and UTHSC leaders presented the $75,000 grant to Dr. Allison Grimes, a pediatric hematology and oncology fellow at the School of Medicine.

"I really am in awe of Hyundai's enduring investment in our children, the dramatic impact their support will have on children's cancer for years to come," said Dr. Grimes at the presentation. "Survival rates have improved dramatically over the past several decades."

The research looks specifically at a serious side effect of leukemia therapy in children called pancreatitis.

"Of those children, a percentage of them develop subsequent diabetes, pancreatic pseudo-cysts, abcess formation, and face a risk of death from severe necrotizing pancreatitis," said Dr. Grimes.

Also at the ceremony, local children battling cancer placed their handprints, dipped in colorful paint on a 2013 Hyundai Sante Fe Sport, the official vehicle of Hope On Wheels.

Since 2007, UT Health Science Center has received $555,000 from Hope On Wheels.


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