Tampa, Florida -- It was a great, rewarding day for St. Joseph's Children's Hospital on Thursday.
The award was given because of Dr. Erin Cockrell and her work on St. Joseph's Children's Hospital's Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology Patient Navigator Pilot Program, which helps assist young patients with cancer and their families with understanding treatment options through individual and group support and connecting them to financial, psycho-social and educational resources.
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Foundation has received $699,230 from Hope On Wheels since 2006.
The award was presented during the Hope On Wheels signature Handprint Ceremony at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. At the ceremony, Tampa-area children affected by cancer dipped their hands in colorful paint and placed their handprints on a white Hyundai Santa Fe -- the official vehicle of Hope On Wheels -- to commemorate their brave battles with cancer.
One of those children, 12-year-old Carlos Hernandez-Troche, suffers from leukemia. Carlos presented the keynote address and even though the leukemia is in remission, you can clearly see how much the donation by the Suncoast Hyundai dealers means to these children and their families.