A $75,000 one-year grant has been awarded to Dr. Eugenia Chang, a pediatric cancer physician at St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute, the cancer center of St. Luke's Health System.
The grant comes from Hyundai Hope On Wheels, which plans to award at least 36 "scholar grants" totaling more than $2.7 million this year. The nonprofit is primarily funded by the Hyundai Motor America company and its U.S. dealers.
The grants are non-competitive, awarded to doctors who work in more than 200 hospitals that are members of the Children's Oncology Group. Local Hyundai dealers nominate the recipients, according to the Hyundai Hope on Wheels website.
Chang's program at St. Luke's MSTI helps childhood-cancer survivors with their mobility and working memory.
"This allows us to develop two very special services to the pediatric neuro-oncology clinic at St Luke's Children's Hospital," Chang said. "First, we will expand our working memory training program to allow cancer survivors to improve working memory, which affects every aspect of how we function on a day to day basis. ... Second, we will expand our physical therapy services to improve how childhood cancer survivors, some after surgeries on arms, legs or their brains, relearn how to move and get active. Both of these projects aim to help our childhood cancer survivors live better lives."