UF Health Oncologist Receives $300,000 Child Cancer Research Grant

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Hyundai Hope on Wheels is a non-profit organization founded in 1998, and is supported by automobile manufacturer, Hyundai. Today, Dr. Elias Sayour received a $300,000 research grant from Hope on Wheels for his children's cancer research.

He has been working on his research, which deals with developing lipid nanoparticles to help the immune system to prevent cancer from developing, for over 10 years now. He plans to get to the point of clinical trials over the next year.

Today at UF Health Shands, a handprint ceremony was held where children battling cancer got to dip their hands in paint and put their handprint on a white Hyundai SUV. Sayour feels that all of the recognition from today should be towards the kids.

He says, "If we can fight as hard as these kids are fighting, I believe we will make a difference."

Also in attendance was a childhood cancer survivor and now Hyundai on Wheels National Ambassador Hannah Adams. Adams had the chance to tour Dr. Sayour's research lab last year and believes he will ultimately find a cure to cancer.

Adams knows what it is like to defeat childhood cancer and has a message to all the families that are currently going through their fight. She says, "life is precious, you never know what it has in store, but hope is always worth fighting for."

Today's event was part of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, during which Hyundai Hope on Wheels will donate a total of 75 research grants totaling 13.2 million dollars.