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Title
ALABAMA DRIVERS CAN HELP FIGHT CYSTIC FIBROSIS BY CHOOSING THE FIGHTING CYSTIC FIBROSIS LICENSE PLATE
Date
05/31/2012
Description

BIRMINGHAM (Feb. 8, 2011) - Alabama drivers can join the Children's Hospital of Alabama and The Laps for CF Foundation in making the Fighting Cystic Fibrosis car tag an official license plate of the state of Alabama.

The two organizations are attempting to obtain 1,000 pledges by April 30 in order to guarantee the tag's production. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects approximately 30,000 people in the United States. Children's Hospital provides care for more than 340 CF patients and families in Alabama and surrounding areas. Most patients are diagnosed with CF at birth or before the age of three. Currently, CF has no cure.

Now through Feb. 28, anyone with an Alabama car tag may receive a free Fighting Cystic Fibrosis license plate by visiting www.LapsForCF.org and submitting the Power of Attorney Form or by coming to the main lobby of Children's Hospital from 6:30 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.16th. After Feb. 28, tags are available for $50 above your regular renewal price at any Alabama Department of Motor Vehicles Office. Personalization is available at no additional cost with up to five characters available for customization. People making a pledge will be notified once 1,000 plates have been sold, and the plate is ready.

From the $50 fee, $41.25 goes directly to support the fight against CF, specifically transitional care for patients at Children's and UAB. Transitional care bridges the gap between pediatric patients at Children's and adult patients at UAB and encompasses all areas of need including staffing, space, equipment, and research as patients approach adulthood and beyond. For more information about the Fighting Cystic Fibrosis license plate, visit www.LapsForCF.org or call 205-871-9140.

The Children's Hospital of Alabama is the only hospital in the state dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and one of the 10 busiest pediatric medical centers in the U.S. One of only about 45 freestanding acute care hospitals of its kind in the nation, Children's Hospital is home to Alabama's only Level I pediatric trauma center. Children's campus includes the largest pediatric burn center in the Southeast, one of the largest pediatric outpatient centers in the country and a leading pediatric hematology/oncology center and bone marrow transplant program. Although Children's is the primary site for all pediatric educational programs and patient care activities within the UAB Medical Center, Children's Hospital is a private, not-for-profit hospital governed by a volunteer board of trustees. Children's will celebrate its centennial anniversary this year.
The Laps for CF Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Birmingham, AL, dedicated to raising awareness of cystic fibrosis (CF) and providing financial support in all areas of need for CF research, treatment, care, and improved quality of life.

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Contact: Adam Kelley, 205-558-2947