Bleakley wins $250,000 Hyundai Hope on Wheels award for pediatric oncology research to reduce occurrence, severity of graft-vs.-host disease.

Dr. Marie Bleakley, Assistant Member in the Hutchinson Center’s Clinical Research Division and Assistant Professor in the division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Washington received a $250,000 Hyundai Hope on Wheels grant.

Bleakley describes her work to combat graft-vs.-host disease, a painful, life-threatening immune response that occurs in some of the children she treats for leukemia.
“Through bone marrow and stem-cell transplantation, we’re able to successfully treat many of these young patients with the most severe forms of leukemia,” Bleakley said. “Unfortunately for some, transplantation can lead to graft-vs-host disease, and in other patients leukemia can recur after transplantation. Support from Hyundai Hope on Wheels will help us learn how to reduce the occurrence and severity of graft-vs.-host and reduce the occurrence of leukemic relapse, which will improve the success of transplantation and ultimately save lives.”

During September-National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month-Hyundai auto dealers are contributing more than $10.25 million in funding to more than 41 grant recipients in support of pediatric cancer research and/or patient programs. Hope on Wheels has committed more than $57 million to childhood cancer research since its inception in 1998.

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