Giving hope for cure

Hyundai dealers on Tuesday awarded Georgia Health Sciences Children’s Medical Center a $100,000 Hope Grant to support pediatric brain cancer research at Georgia Health Sciences University.

The center is one of 71 recipients of Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels 2011 Hope Grant program, featuring $7.1 million in grants to support research and programs in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.

“This donation represents a critical pledge in our fight against pediatric brain cancer,” said Dr. Theodore Johnson, a Children’s Medical Center pediatric hematologist/oncologist, who accepted the donation.

Johnson’s research seeks to attack brain tumors with specially trained immune cells.

“This is important because the more we understand about how these tumors quietly advance, the easier it will be to develop new medications and other therapies to defeat those mechanisms.”