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OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois Receives Hyundai Hope on Wheels Impact Award

OSF HealthCare Children's Hospital of Illinois is one of 25 hospitals to received this year's Hyundai Hope on Wheels Impact Award. The award is given to pediatric oncology departments at select children's hospitals nationwide. The grant funds will support a new critical service of the John and Annette Heller Learning for Living Center -- a pediatric hematology/oncology clinic -- with a fully integrated certified counselor who will be present in the clinic five days per week to meet the psychosocial needs of patients with cancer and their families. 

The $50,000 Impact Award was presented to Children's Hospital on August 8. During the event, Peoria-area children battling cancer participated in the program's signature Handprint Ceremony where they dip their hands in paint and place their handprints on a white 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe. Their colorful handprints on the official Hope Vehicle represent their individual and collective journeys, hopes and dreams. 

Doctors and researchers that receive a grant from Hope on Wheels are named Hyundai Scholars and are presented with a special lab coat during the ceremony. This year's recipient was Dr. Kay Saving. Hope on Wheels will also recognize its Hyundai Scholars for their incredible efforts on behalf of children battling cancer through a campaign called "Superheros Wear Lab Coats."

To learn more about how you can help support children battling cancer, click here.

GoBabyGo! Helping Kids with Disabilities See the World from a New Perspective

For most, the ability to walk and run is something that can easily be taken for granted. For kids with spina bifida, it can mean difficulty walking and potentially being wheelchair bound. Through a project called Go Baby Go, five spina bifida patients at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois will have the ability to move around like never before.

On July 22, five kids with spina bifida were gifted toy ride-on cars. These cars empower children with limited mobility to play and explore more independelty. Each was modified to meet their unique needs including hand controls and extra stupport. 

GoBabyGo is a national, community-based research, design and outreach program that provides modified ride-on cars to children birth to age 3 who experience limited mobility.

Locally, GoBabyGo brings together University of Illinois engineers and interns from the Jump Simulation & Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Illinois physical and occupational therapists and many volunteers to help children with spina bifida explore the world through independent mobility.

 Together, they customize ride-on toy cars by rewiring the gas and brake pedals and customizing each car to be hand-driven with upper body support. The customized cars will provide kids with new levels of independence and freedom.

It only costs $250 to build each car. If you’re interested in supporting the GoBabyGo! program, contact Theresa Murphy, Strategic Philanthropy Officer for the OSF HealthCare Foundation at Theresa.murphy@osfhealthcare.org

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