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TUSCALOOSA – (December 8, 2012) - Children's of Alabama is offering a unique 2013 calendar featuring pictures of Tuscaloosa-area patients and firefighters.

Children's of Alabama volunteers have produced a photo calendar featuring members of Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service and Children's of Alabama patients from West Alabama. Calendar sale proceeds will benefit ill and injured children treated at Children's.

The sometimes emotion-evoking photographs are the work of Tuscaloosa photographer Taylor Atchley, supported by the design of Irasema Quezada-Hammock. Melissa Benton and Grace Hassell organized the project, said C.C. Thompson, community outreach coordinator for Children's.
"I think it's a great way to bring recognition to the fire department and recognize how many children are treated at Children's from the Tuscaloosa area," Thompson said. "We are grateful for Melissa initiating the effort. It was a great experience for the patients to get to participate in a fun photo shoot at the fire station. We look forward to a great community response."

Calendars are $15 each and may be purchased by visiting (add $3 for shipping/handling) or by emailing Those interested may pre-order calendars any time. Calendars will ship/deliver starting on Dec. 17. Tuscaloosa-area residents can order the calendars and pick them up from Thompson instead of paying the $3 shipping fee.

Last year kids from Tuscaloosa County made more than 6,500 visits to Children's. Community donations help pay for that care.

"It is because of the community's generosity that we are able to serve families from all over Alabama, regardless of their ability to pay for the care they need," Thompson said. "We are grateful not only for the generous support of the firefighters – some of whom have had their own children treated at Children's - but to the City of Tuscaloosa, the photographer and designer, the sponsors who covered the cost of the printing, and the families who shared their time and their stories with us."

Children's of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services for children from every county in Alabama. With more than two million square feet, Children's is the third-largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. It has been ranked among the top children's hospital programs in the country for the past three years by U.S. News & World Report.