Doernbecher granted $250K for childhood cancer research

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A doctor at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital got a $250,000 grant from a non-profit group aimed at finding a cure for childhood cancer.

Hyundai Hope on Wheels presented the check to Dr. Bill Chang during a signature handprint ceremony at Doernbecher on Tuesday.

The non-profit awarded $10.5 million nationally in the month of September — National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month — and the grant to Dr. Chang is part of that gift.  Hyundai Hope on Wheels supports 45 pediatric cancer research projects at Children’s Oncology Group member institutions across the US.

Chang, who focuses his research on leukemia, said “hopefully in the next 5 to 10 years we may be looking at a totally different way of how we treat cancer.”

Dr. Bill Chang of Doernbecher Children's Hospital flanked by young people who put their painted handprints on his doctor's coat, Sept. 22, 2015 (KOIN)

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