Hyundai donates $250,000 to Birmingham doctor to increase pediatric cancer treatment options

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A company has given a Birmingham doctor thousands of dollars to increase treatment options for kids with cancer

Hyundai on Wheels presented Dr. Gregory Friedman with a $250,000 scholar grant at Children’s of Alabama on Tuesday.

The grant was presented during a handprint ceremony – where local children affected by cancer put their handprints on a white 2016 Hyundai Tuscon to commemorate their fight against the disease.

The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s was one of 30 recipients selected across the county to receive the competitive grant.

“We could have done it anywhere,” said Jake Cashmir, marketing manager for Hyundai. “But we choose very specific doctors who are doing the types of research that they’re doing to help move forward specific types of pediatric cancer research.”

Patients at Children’s of Alabama are happy to see their doctors rewarded for their hard work, and hope that their fight inspires them to keep going.

““I want to be an inspiration for them to keep going,” said Kaylee Jeter, who is fighting cancer at the hospital. “I want to be the strength that they get to move on, and I hope Dr. Friedman can help every kid with cancer.”

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