Hyundai Hope on Wheels will kick off its national pediatric cancer benefit walk series on the UC Irvine campus Sept. 1. The Orange County 5K run/walk will raise funds for CHOC Children’s Hospital and includes a Celebration of Life Festival at the end with games, giveaways, arts and crafts and live entertainment.
Last year, the nonprofit made the largest single corporate donation to CHOC Children’s with $10 million. The funds are being used at the hospital’s Hyundai Cancer Institute to research more effective and individualized treatments.
"We are immensely grateful for the ongoing support from Hope On Wheels and the opportunity we've been given to benefit from their second annual 5K here in Orange County," said Dr. Leonard Sender, medical director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute. "Through Hope On Wheels generous funding, Hyundai is making a huge impact here in its own community and across the country."
The race is open to all ages and registration costs $30 before Tuesday (Aug. 21), $35 up until the event and $40 on-site. Registration for children under 9 years old is $10. Registrants will receive a t-shirt, race bib, commemorative medal and access to the sponsors’ expo and event celebration.
Since 1998, the Hyundai Hope on Wheels program has raised more than $45 million for pediatric cancer research institutions and hopes to break $57 million this year.
Those who wish to donate but not participate can create “virtual teams” to create a fundraising web page or make individual donations at Hyundairun4Hope.org.
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