HYUNDAI HOPE ON WHEELS HAS NAMED TWO-TIME GRAMMY WINNER MELANIE FIONA AS A 2015 AMBASSADOR OF HOPE FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER

Roc Nation Hip-Hop and R&B Artist Melanie Fiona to participate as a part of the organization’s activities in New York City to launch its 17th year in the fight against pediatric cancer

 

NEW YORK – March 27, 2015Hyundai Motor America and its nonprofit organization Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is elated that Roc Nation powerhouse singer, Melanie Fiona, will join the 2015 national grant program announcement.

Fiona will serve as a Hyundai Hope On Wheels Celebrity Hope Ambassador.  This honorary position is given to influencers willing to help bring awareness to this importance cause.   Fiona is involved in launch event activities, will participate in social media dialogue, and meet with pediatric cancer survivors in the New York City area. 

Best known for her breakout Grammy-nominated single, “It Kills Me,” Melanie has won two Grammys (2012) for Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for "Fool For You" with Cee-Lo Green. Additionally, Melanie has graced the national TV stage with performances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Live! With Kelly and Michael.  She can also be seen in an episode of the BET series, "Real Husbands of Hollywood."  Fiona's sophomore album, The MF Life, hit #1 on the Billboard Hip Hop & R&B Chart and earned rave reviews from music critics.  As the ambassador, Fiona will leverage this incredible presence to create awareness for pediatric cancer. 

“Melanie Fiona embodies what the Hyundai Hope On Wheels organization looks for in an ambassador,” said Zafar Brooks, Executive Director, Hyundai Hope On Wheels.  “Her captivating voice and robust presence adds another element as we continue to increase awareness for the program.  We congratulate Melanie on her participation in this year’s momentous launch and thank her for lending a hand to this significant cause.”    

 “As a performer it’s imperative to give a voice to worthy causes, and I’m honored to help the issue of childhood cancer be heard at this year’s Hyundai Hope on Wheels kick-off event,” shared Melanie Fiona. “It’s remarkable that in its 17th year of fighting the battle against childhood cancer, Hope on Wheels shows no sign of slowing when it comes to finding a cure through groundbreaking research.  We can all agree, one child fighting cancer is one child too many.”

Last year’s “Just One Wish” campaign will continue as the Hyundai Hope On Wheels 2015 theme and focus on the organization’s mission to end childhood cancer.   The campaign connects thousands of families affected by the disease via social media.  Visitors to the Hyundai Hope On Wheels website and social media channels join the effort by posting their own message of hope using hashtag #EndChildhoodCancer.   The goal of the Just One Wish campaign is to show the collective wish of a cure for pediatric cancer. 

For more information about Hyundai Hope On Wheels, please visit www.HyundaiHopeOnWheels.org.  

HYUNDAI HOPE ON WHEELS

Hyundai Hope On Wheels® is a 501(c)(3) 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.  Hyundai Hope On Wheels has awarded more than $100 million towards childhood cancer research in pursuit of a cure.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

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