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Public Invited to Dig for a Cure at Paleontology Event at Harrell Station Site

SELMA (March 7, 2014) – On Saturday, March 15 members of the Alabama Paleontological Society and professional paleontologists invite the public to dig for fossils and “Hunt for a Cure.”

Participants will have the opportunity to dig for fossils and artifacts at one of the South’s premiere historical venues, all while supporting children treated at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders.

The “Hunt for a Cure” will begin at 9:30 a.m. with an initial meeting at Frank Rogers Country Store (11700 US Highway 80 W, Marion Junction, 36759). The event itself will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Harrell Station in Dallas County just west of Selma. Participants should bring their own lunch, water, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, and wear fully enclosed shoes. Harrell Station is the site where the first fossil amniote egg in the southeastern part of the United States was found.

Registration is free and available online at Children younger than age 10 must be accompanied by an adult, and there are a limited number of spots for participants.

Those who would like to support the fight against childhood cancer but cannot participate in the Hunt for a Cure, may still make a donation to Children’s of Alabama on the registration page. For more information about the event, contact CC Thompson, 205-887-0447.

Children’s of Alabama is the 10th busiest pediatric medical center in the United States. The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's of Alabama is the state's only comprehensive center for pediatric cancer and other blood disorders, treating 90 percent of all such patients diagnosed in Alabama.  Specialized pediatric services exist for all forms of childhood cancer, leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumors, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders and sickle cell diseases in the state. The center is a partnership between Children’s of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.  The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders is home to the only pediatric programs in Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Developmental Cancer Therapeutics, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Pediatric Hemophilia and Sickle Cell Disease in the State of Alabama. The cancer program is ranked among the best in the nation by US News & World Report. For more information, visit, or