Hyundai Grant supports Harnessing Science Leukemia Project
On September 27th local Hyundai dealers and representatives from Hyundai Motor America visited the University of Chicago to present a $100,000 Hope Grant to support the Interdisciplinary Leukemia Project.
The Interdisciplinary Leukemia Project is a six-part systems biology-based interdisciplinary attack on therapy-based Acute Myeloid Leukemia (t-AML), a secondary cancer that strikes 8 to 10% of all cancer survivors. T-AML is a significant issue for cancer survivors, especially survivors of pediatric cancer. It is a particularly cruel form of the disease because it is developed as a result of the treatment a child or adult receives for their primary cancer. In 2009 the CRF committed a $3,000,000 grant to provide lead funding for the t-AML Project and continues to be closely involved with the progress of the project. For more information on the t-AML program please visit the project website.
Dr. John Cunningham and Dr. Michelle Le Beau, both Principal Investigators on the t-AML Project, spoke at the presentation on the importance of the Hyundai gift and the work it will support. In addition, Dr. Cunningham brought along one of his patients to be a part of the presentation ceremony. See a short video on the presentation.
Hyundai presented this grant and others like it as a part of its Hope on Wheels program to commemorate this September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Hyundai Hope on Wheels was created in 1998 to join the fight against childhood cancer and at the end of this year the program will have donated more than $23 million to fight this horrible disease. For more information about the Hyundai program please visit www.hyundaihopeonwheels.org.
"I owe a great deal to the Cancer Research Foundation for giving me a head start. This financial help made the difference between my getting a fast and successful start, and my other wise struggling to obtain the necessary funds to get my research program started."Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and Human Genetics University of Chicago
April 30, 2010