Hyundai Hope on Wheels Awards $250,000 grant to Pediatric Faculty Member

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Dr. Eldjerou with patient, Andrew Holmes, 15-year old pediatric cancer and transplant survivor and Hyundai representatives

University of Florida researcher Lamis Eldjerou, M.D., received a Hyundai Hope on Wheels 2013 grant to support childhood cancer research. As a clinical assistant professor in pediatric hematology/oncology, Eldjerou’s research focuses on the transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells, which are the blood cells that give rise to other blood cells.

The Hyundai Hope On Wheels nonprofit organization and local Hyundai dealers presented the $250,000 award at a handprint ceremony on Sept. 27, during which young patients placed their handprints on a white Hyundai Santa Fe to commemorate their battles with cancer.

This is the second consecutive year a UF Department of Pediatrics researcher has received the grant. Last year, Joanne Lagmay, M.D., was part of a research team that was awarded a 2012 grant, which focused on osteosarcoma.

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UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital patient places her handprint on the vehicle.
Dr. Eldjerou poses with several patients after the ceremony.
Dr. Eldjerou poses with several patients after the ceremony.