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September 3, 2003
Auto company takes another step towards beating cancer

Hyundai Motor America presents the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk on September 21, 2003

BOSTON — Hyundai Motor America has demonstrated a high level of commitment in the fight against cancer with its well known 'Hyundai and the Jimmy Fund Helping Kids Fight Cancer' program. On Sept. 21, it will step up that support by serving as the presenting sponsor of the 15th Annual Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk.

Moving to being the Walk's presenting sponsor is a natural progression for Hyundai. Hyundai automobiles have served as the lead car of the Patient-Family portion of the Walk for several years and Hyundai dealerships have supported Mike Tocci, general manager of Hyundai's eastern region, in his participation in the Walk, contributing more than $400,000 last year alone.

Hyundai dealerships have been helping in the fight against cancer since 1998. Hyundai and its dealers are proud to be the first and only automobile manufacturer in the U.S. to focus exclusively on raising awareness and funds for fighting pediatric cancer. A share of every new Hyundai sold in New England benefits the Jimmy Fund. With its support of the Walk, Hyundai is expanding its commitment to fight cancer in people of all ages.

The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk has come to be known as Boston's hometown walk as it is the only event, other than the Boston Marathon itself, which is sanctioned by the Boston Athletic Association to take place along the famous 26-mile route. It also supports New England's favorite charity. Representing the heart and soul of the Jimmy Fund, The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk bands together thousands of cancer survivors, patients, and their families and friends to form a unified marching army determined to fight cancer by raising imperative research funds.

'Hyundai Motor America, its dealers, and employees are proud to be a part of the battle against cancer,' said Finbarr O'Neill, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. 'As the presenting sponsor for the 2003 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, we sincerely appreciate the contribution each and every walker makes to this great cause. The therapies and scientific discoveries made at the Institute are shared with doctors and hospitals worldwide, bettering the lives of millions.'

The Jimmy Fund Walk attracts more than 8,000 participants each year, some walking the entire 26.2-mile Boston Marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston. Walkers can also choose the 13.1-mile route from Wellesley. Since 1989, the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk has raised nearly $26 million. The goal of this year's Walk is to raise $5 million.

To register, or make financial contributions, visit Contributions can also be mailed to: Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445. For more information, call (866) JFW-HERO.