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MOBILE – The inaugural Boots & BBQ Barn Bash kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 2, to benefit the Children’s of Alabama’s Pediatric Rheumatology clinic in Mobile. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of live music and barbecue at Camp Grace, located at 11081 Wanda Drive.
Festivities will start at 6:30 p.m., with live music from local country band, the Modern Eldorados. Guests are encouraged to wear their best pair of cowboy boots and enjoy s’mores, hayrides and bonfires. Moe’s Original Bar B Que will provide their award-winning barbecue and sides for dinner.
The Boots & BBQ Barn Bash is presented by Children’s of Alabama and Rheum4yAL, an advocacy group that works with children across Alabama suffering from juvenile arthritis. The event will honor 6-year-old Children’s of Alabama patient, Mary Carlton Johnson of Mobile. Mary Carlton was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at the age of two and continues to receive frequent injections to manage her pain until her arthritis reaches a dormant phase. Her family remains hopeful for a cure and works closely with the rheum4yal advocacy group.
Proceeds from the Boots & BBQ Barn Bash will provide funding for a specialist from the Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic at Children’s of Alabama to hold clinic in Mobile to treat the many children along the Gulf Coast suffering from autoimmune disorders. Currently, these children must travel four hours to Birmingham for treatment.
Pediatric Rheumatology at Children’s of Alabama is the second largest arthritis care center in the U.S., and diagnoses and treats children with autoimmune disorders including juvenile arthritis, lupus, myositis, scleroderma, and various vasculitides. Clinical research aims to optimize the treatment of juvenile arthritis through diverse projects and depends on fundraisers like the Boots & BBQ Barn Bash to make this possible. For sponsorship information, please contact Kerrie Benson, the Gulf Coast coordinator for Children’s of Alabama, at Kerrie.Benson@childrensal.org.
Admission is $60 per person and $500 per table. To register online, visit www.tinyurl.com/Rheum4YalBarnBash.