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BIRMINGHAM – A beautiful dimensional mixed media piece of art created by Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers employees side-by-side with cancer patients, nurses and other staff members at Children’s of Alabama was dedicated today. “Healing Circle” will hang in Children’s outpatient hematology/oncology clinic.
“Healing Circle” recognizes Express Oil’s recent $36,438 donation to the Hope and Cope program at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s. The money was raised during Express Oil’s annual Change-A-Life Campaign. Every April, the quick-service car care company donates $1 from every car serviced in all of its 42 Birmingham-area locations. The art therapy program helps address the emotional needs of children with serious blood disorders and cancer, providing them a positive, creative outlet to express their feelings and experiences.
Local artist Sarah Heath guided the concept and execution of the 32 X 32 X 1-1/2 inch artwork which is modeled after the traditional mandala, a series of simple lines that move outward to create a composition. “It’s a collaborative piece of art created by all these people from all different walks of life coming together,” Heath explained. “It represents the circle of life and speaks to the intersection of these people’s lives.”
Heath, who is a teaching artist with ArtPlay, conducted two, two-hour workshops on Children’s hematology/oncology unit. Nearly 40 patients, their siblings and other family members, staff, nurses and employees from Express Oil participated.
“We are truly proud and grateful to have a community partner like Express Oil. Their ongoing support of our Hope and Cope program has enriched the lives of our patients and this beautiful piece of artwork will surely serve to inspire all who see it,” said Raymond G. Watts, MD, director of the ACCCBD.
Since launching the Change-A-Life campaign in 2008, Express Oil Change & Service has donated more than $250,000 to benefit cancer patients at Children’s.
“We’re proud to give back to the community by supporting Children’s of Alabama,” said Ricky Brooks, CEO of Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers. “It’s an outstanding organization that focuses on finding a cure for devastating childhood diseases and giving much-needed hope to patients and their families.”
About Express Oil Change® & Tire Engineers
Express Oil Change® & Tire Engineers is one of the leading automotive service providers in the South with over 200 locations across thirteen states. Throughout our 35 year history, our oil change process has been refined to give our customers the quickest oil change around while still providing the highest quality service and premium vehicle maintenance checks. Each and every Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers houses a full-service automotive mechanical department staffed by experienced technicians. Our ASE-certified technicians provide total car care through the use of state-of-the-art equipment and premium parts. Our commitment to you, our customer, is quality work, friendliness, and integrity in everything that we do. More information is available at www.expressoil.com.
About Children’s of Alabama
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.