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UF Health oncologist receives $200,000 grant for pediatric cancer research

Published: Sep. 19, 2018 at 5:50 PM EDT
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A UF Health oncologist received a $200,000 grant to fund pediatric cancer research.

Hyundai's ‘Hope on Wheels' gave the grant to UF Health pediatric oncologist Paul Castillo at UF Health Shands Children's hospital.

A handprint ceremony was held where children diagnosed with cancer dip their hands in paint and place their handprints on the car to commemorate their fight against the disease.

“If there is any way we can improve the outcomes of those kids, seeing more kids smiling after all those toxic treatments—I mean that's worth it,” Castillo said.

The event is part of ‘Hope on Wheels' supporting hospitals and medical professionals during National Childhood Cancer Awareness month.

In September, 'Hope on Wheels' will award 38 research grants totaling $14 million to institutions nationwide.

For more information about 'Hope on Wheels’ visit https://hyundaihopeonwheels.org/.