Childhood cancer is an epidemic that affects families across the nation, and funds are constantly needed for research.
Here are five key facts you might not have known.
- Childhood cancer remains the leading disease-related cause of death among children, according to Hyundai Hope on Wheels.
- Every 36 minutes, a child is diagnosed with pediatric cancer, impacting 15,000 new lives each year.
- The average cost of stay in a hospital for a child with cancer is $40,000, according to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
- One in every 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer.
- Each day, 43 children are expected to be diagnosed with cancer. That number per year is 15,780.
Childhood cancer also has a lifelong effect, with 95% of survivors having significant health-related issues by the time they are 45 years old, according to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Hyundai donates a portion of every vehicle sold to fight cancer, and Hyundai Hope On Wheels has donated $13.2 million to support 52 new doctor-researchers, in an effort to find better treatment options.
Hyundai and its U.S. dealers created the campaign in 1998.
To date, more than $160 million and more than 800 research grants have gone to support research at children’s hospitals across the nation.