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BIRMINGHAM (April 2, 2014) – Racing fans will have the chance to meet some of the sport’s most famous drivers while helping patients at Children’s of Alabama during the fourth annual Racing for Children’s Dinner on Friday, April 25, at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum (6040 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35094).
Racing for Children’s is recognized as the official charity of the 2014 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race weekend April 25-27. Medical Properties Trust will serve as the presenting sponsor of the 2014 Race for Children’s weekend, which raises funds and awareness for the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s and has raised more than $500,000 to support pediatric cancer research and patient programs at Children’s.
The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is the fastest weekend of the year, full of action-packed adventure for racing enthusiasts. The weekend includes the IZOD IndyCar Series, the USF2000, Pro Mazda and the Pirelli World Challenge.
The Racing for Children’s Dinner begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. when guests gather to enjoy a cocktail hour and mingle with other teams and select drivers. Honorary crew chiefs for this year’s event are Jaylen Smiley, 13, of Vestavia Hills and Kelsey Hunnicutt, 17, of Brookwood, both Children’s patients.
Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the museum’s renowned collection of more than 1,200 vintage and modern motorcycles and race cars before dinner is served at 7:30 p.m. A live auction of high-end items, such as VIP hot laps by George Barber and a South African Photo Safari for two, will be conducted by C King Benefit Auctions after dinner.
The Racing for Children’s race car will be running in the Pirelli World Challenge (GT/GTA/GTS) on Saturday 3 p.m. and on Sunday at 11 a.m. This custom car will be covered by handprints of patients from Children’s of Alabama and will be unveiled and on display to the public at the hospital on Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m.
Sponsorship opportunities including handprints, ticket information and other details about the event are available at www.racingforchildrens.org.
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 and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. The ACCCBD 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. More information is available at www.childrensal.org, Facebook.com/childrenshospitalofalabama or twitter.com/ChildrensAL.