Dr. Lucie Turcotte, with cancer survivor Ashley Burnette, 10, at left, and a current hospital patient. Her department was presented with the “Hyundai Young Investigators Clinical Award” and a $75,000 check to fund her research.
Representatives from two Luther Hyundai stores were on hand for a $75,000 Hyundai Hope on Wheels check presentation at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital.
Bloomington Hyundai GM Lenny Checheris introduced Dr. Lucie Turcotte, who is conducting the first research study to specifically examine cardiometabolic syndrome (CMS) in survivors of high dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell rescue.
“Children’s Hospital, to date has received $775,000 from Hope on Wheels,” said Checheris. “With these funds, they are serving families across Minnesota and saving lives.”
Dr. Turcotte thanked the dealerships for their commitment. “As a young investigator, this money
means more than you can possibly imagine,” she said. “With this award, my hope is that we can understand how to prevent and eliminate some of the long term effects with the therapies.”
Hyundai builds fun into the events by taking child hand print impressions in paint and featuring them with names and ages on the cars.
It also works with cancer survivor Ashley Burnette, who gives speeches as a Hyundai ambassador.
Hand prints on a Hyundai:
Hyundai’s long time program has given the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital $775,000 to date