Hyundai Hope on Wheels

Dave McCraken, VP and General manager of Kearny Mesa Hyundai, speaking at Rady Children's Hospital, 2017 

San Diego Hyundai dealers donate $50,000 to Rady Children's Hospital

By Mark Maynard (San Diego Union Tribune)

August 11, 2017 - In its 19th year of joining the fight against childhood cancer, Hyundai Motor America and its nonprofit organization, Hyundai Hope On Wheels, worked with local Hyundai dealers to present a $50,000 check to Rady Children's Hospital San Diego.

The Aug. 2 ceremony was held at the hospital with a presentation by Dave McCracken, Kearny Mesa Hyundai's general manager and vice president. San Diego area Hyundai dealers were present along with honorary guests, Rady Children's Hospital medical staff and San Diego area cancer patients.

 "The impact behind Hyundai Hope on Wheels and Rady's is very special," McCracken said in a statement. "I am very happy to speak on their behalf and to be among the little heroes and their wonderful families. The message is clear: 'End Childhood Cancer.' I remain committed to Hyundai Hope on Wheels."

The event also featured the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Hero vehicle, a 2017 Santa Fe. Finger-paint-style handprints were added to show the patients' pledge against the disease.

 "McCracken has long been a front-runner in hosting community events, raising funds and helping causes that save animals," said Cody McDaris, general sales manager at Kearny Mesa Hyundai. "This event is just one of many events of which he has participated. Not only is he a leader professionally, but he also helps encourage community outreach and partners with other organizations to pay it forward."

The vision at Hyundai is to be a BETTER company, Zafar Brooks, Hyundai's Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Inclusion, said in a statement. "BETTER with our products and services, BETTER with our employees, BETTER for our customers and BETTER in helping society," he said.

 "This act of BETTER includes helping children who are diagnosed with pediatric cancer. No child deserves to fight pediatric cancer alone. For nearly 20 years, Hyundai and its dealers have been a part of this fight to find a cure," Brooks said. "We want children, families, doctors and the pediatric cancer community to know, that 'Hyundai is on your side'."


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Hyundai Hope On Wheels is a 501(c) nonprofit organization that is committed to finding a cure for childhood cancer. Launched in 1998, Hyundai Hope On Wheels provides grants to eligible institutions nationwide that are pursuing life-saving research and innovative treatments for the disease. Primary funding for Hyundai Hope On Wheels comes from Hyundai Motor America and its more than 800 U.S. dealers. At the end of its 19th year, Hyundai Hope On Wheels will have awarded more than $86 million toward childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.


Kearny Mesa Hyundai is a member of the Sunroad Automotive Group which includes 6 other dealerships in San Diego. The Sunroad Automotive Group has been proudly owned by a local San Diego family, for over 40 years, and continually gives back to support the local community. When you do business with the Sunroad Automotive Group you can expect to find a huge inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles, access to a large group of lenders who offer great finance options and the exceptional customer service you deserve.


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributedthroughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide.


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