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BIRMINGHAM – When Kayla Perry was diagnosed with high-risk stage four neuroblastoma she vowed to do anything to end childhood cancer. On Dec. 7, Kayla hopes to raise $400,000 as supporters gather for “Answer to Cancer”, an event benefitting the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.
After graduating high school, Kayla began experiencing nosebleeds while studying with a Christian organization in Hawaii. She was preparing for a mission trip in Kenya when she received her rare diagnosis. The doctors informed Kayla that her chances of recovery were low and if there was anything she hoped to do, she should do it now. Kayla chose to make the time that she had left meaningful. Since her diagnosis Kayla has started classes at Auburn University in hopes of becoming a nurse practitioner in pediatric oncology. When she is not in school or receiving treatment, Kayla works to raise money for cancer research through her nonprofit organization, Open Hands Overflowing Hearts.
“Answer to Cancer” will be held from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. at Regions Field in Birmingham. The event will draw a close to the #100ways100days campaign and honor Kayla and her fight against cancer. St. Paul and the Broken Bones, a locally based sextet, will provide the night’s entertainment along with Girls, Guns, and Glory and Amy Black. The family friendly event will include food, drinks, a silent auction, live auction, big trip giveaways and a photo booth.
Tickets are $35 for 21 years and under, $50 for a single adult, $90 for couples and $150 for a family of four with two adults and two children. Online registration is available by visiting https://commitchange.com/al/birmingham/open-hands-overflowing-hearts/events/answer-to-cancer.
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.