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Mayo Clinic Children's Center receives $250,000 donation

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Mayo Clinic Children's Center was awarded $250,000 by Hyundai Hope on Wheels on Tuesday. 

Hyundai Hope on Wheels, a non-profit organization, will be donating more than $10 million to Pediatric Cancer Institutions nationwide in September.

Dr. Richard Bram accepted the check on behalf of the Children's Center.  Dr. Bram and his colleagues are focusing their research on the CAML Interactor Protein found in Leukemia cells.  Their research could help develop new treatments for pediatric cancer patients.

"This will actually make a big difference," said Dr. Bram.  "We actually spend a fair amount of our time trying to get funding rather than doing the research so this really frees up our lab now to do the work that we want to do."

After the ceremony, patients were invited to paint their hand prints on a canvas and Dr. Bram's lab coat to commemorate their battles with cancer.  September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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