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TUSCALOOSA (May 10, 2012) - Those who love Alabama’s children, motorcycles, barbecue, or live music are invited to congregate May 19 for a Tuscaloosa-to-Birmingham Children’s of Alabama benefit.

The annual Miles for Miracles motorcycle ride will begin at 10 a.m. at the Tuscaloosa Sam’s Club (1401 Skyland Boulevard East), proceeding to the Woodstock Festival Art Center for a barbecue lunch and live music. Riders will end their day in Birmingham at Children’s of Alabama, where their support for Alabama’s children and families will be recognized and celebrated.

Riders may register as late as the day of the event. The public is invited to join the lunch festivities at the Woodstock Festival Art Center (20714 Highway 11 North, Woodstock), a community venue for local artists and performers. Supporters are also welcome at Birmingham’s ride-end celebration at the hospital.

Same-day rider registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Tuscaloosa Sam’s. The $40 bike entry fee includes lunch for two riders and one t-shirt. Additional shirts may be purchased for $15 each.

Lunch will be provided by Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Woodstock Festival Art Center, with proceeds benefitting Children’s of Alabama. Signs will lead visitors to the Center, which is located about two miles south of Interstate 20/59’s exit 97.

“Sam’s Club is a major supporter of Children’s Miracle Network and Children’s of Alabama,” said CC Thompson of Children’s. “We are grateful for their sponsorship and to Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q, another faithful corporate supporter. We want to thank everyone involved in Miles for Miracles, including the organizers, musicians, riders, and those who will contribute just by dropping by to buy a delicious barbecue plate and enjoy the event.”

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. It is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. Ten of its divisions – pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology—were recently ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report.

Children’s is one of the 10 busiest pediatric hospitals in the nation and is home to Alabama’s only pediatric trauma center and the only pediatric burn center in the Southeast. Some of its nationally-renowned premier programs include The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, the Lowder Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program, a comprehensive neonatal surgical center and the fast-growing pediatric rheumatology program. Outpatient care is provided through primary care offices and outpatient centers throughout Alabama. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s.

Children’s is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in nursing care. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. A 750,000-square-feet expansion is currently under construction and will open in June. More information is available at

For more information, contact the Tuscaloosa Sam’s Club at 205-750-8374 or CC Thompson at Children’s of Alabama at 205-394-0309.