$250K goes toward Doernbecher research

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The presentation of a $250,000 grant Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, was accompanied Wednesday afternoon by a special hand-print ceremony -- with kids battling cancer. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — OSHU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital received a $250,000 research grant Wednesday.

It’s from Hyundai Hope on Wheels, with funding designated for pediatric cancer research.

The check presentation was accompanied Wednesday afternoon by a special hand-print ceremony — with kids battling cancer.

“Every hand print tells a story,” according to the event’s news release, “and this ceremony celebrates the courageous lives of the children faced with cancer and brings Hope On Wheels’ community of supporters together.”

Doernbecher is one of 41 Hope on Wheels grant recipients.

“This donation is a part of a 41-stop Hope Grant program where Hope On Wheels will be funding new childhood cancer research across the country,” said spokesperson Allison Field in an email to KOIN 6 News. “This is the 15th year of the Hope On Wheels program, whereby years-end, Hope On Wheels will have donated $72 million in total for new research.”

Wednesday’s grant comes about a month after Doernbecher received another $100,000 cancer research grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, according to the Doernbecher’s website. That one-year grant reportedly was one of $22+ million in grants awarded Sept. 6 by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

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