In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) recently welcomed Raleigh native and two-time cancer survivor Ashley Burnette and her family to Washington D.C. Tillis joined the family at the Hyundai Hope on Wheels gala celebrating the organization’s donation of $100 million to pediatric cancer research over the last seventeen years.
“The Hope on Wheels program is a tremendous success, awarding $10.5 million this year alone in research grants to help end childhood cancer. The gala brought together the young heroes who have battled pediatric cancer, the advocates who are raising their voices and lending their hands to raise pediatric cancer awareness, and the incredible researchers who are working tirelessly to find a cure,” said Tillis. “It was a honor to meet Ashley, who is now sharing her inspiring and heroic story to children and families across the nation.”
“We were honored to meet Sen. Tillis. We truly appreciate his incredible speech at the Hope on Wheels Gala and his participation the events this weekend. He sat with Ashley and talked all evening. They were having a big time,” said Hunter, Ashley’s father.
“The future in the fight against cancer is a public-private partnership, where everyone in industry, government and academia are all-in together for a cure,” said Tillis. “North Carolina is blessed to be home to world-renowned research institutions like UNC and Duke that are leading in cutting-edge innovation for cancer therapies, diagnostics and interventions. Sustained progress requires elected officials in Washington to step up, particularly when it comes to reliably funding the NIH, but it also depends on the private sector, led by companies like Hyundai, to continue to serve as benefactors for cancer research.”
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