A HAND FOR HYUNDAI: MGHfC patient Gidge Farraher
places his handprint on a canvas at the event.
ON A BRISK SEPTEMBER MORNING in the Howard Ulfelder Healing Garden, Hyundai Hope on Wheels presented Mary Huang, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Cancer Center, with a $100,000 grant for the MGHfC Cancer Center’s Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic. The clinic is one of 71 recipients of Hyundai Hope on Wheels’ 2011 Hope Grant program, which is awarding $7.1 million during September in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The grant will enable the clinic to continue to provide quality, comprehensive treatment for the growing number of childhood cancer survivors who require ongoing care.
“The clinic will now be able to pilot and assess patient support programs while better tracking our patients and their needs – both medically and in outside contexts such as school and work – to improve their long-term follow-up care,” says Allyson Ahern, associate director of MGH Corporate and Foundation Relations.
Since his diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 12 years old and subsequent diagnosis of a salivary gland tumor at 20, Kevin Gallagher, now 25, has become well-acquainted with the clinic’s work.
“What this program allows me is the ability to live a life that is minimally interrupted by appointments without asking me to sacrifice in my care,” Gallagher says. “I can schedule one day during the year when I can be completely scanned and evaluated for the disease that I have had.”
The ceremony concluded with Gallagher and several MGHfC Cancer Center patients placing their handprints on a white canvas to represent each child’s personal triumph.