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BIRMINGHAM – Racing fans will have the opportunity to take part in the Honda Indy Grand Prix weekend festivities while helping young cancer patients at Children’s of Alabama during the fifth annual Racing for Children’s Dinner on Friday, April 24, at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum (6040 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Birmingham).
Medical Properties Trust will serve as presenting sponsor of the 2015 Racing for Children’s weekend, which raises funds and awareness for The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s. Recognized as the official charity of the 2015 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race weekend April 24-26, Racing for Children’s has raised more than $600,000 to support pediatric cancer research and patient programs at Children’s.
The Racing for Children’s Dinner begins Friday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. Each year, Racing for Children’s honors two Children’s of Alabama patients who serve as honorary crew chiefs for the Racing for Children’s race car and leads the team in the race to cure cancer. Honorary crew chiefs for this year’s event are Lane Clark, 15, of Jasper and Sid Ortis, 15, of Mountain Brook, both patients at Children’s. For more information on their cancer journeys, please visit www.racingforchildrens.org.
Dinner 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, 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). Covered by handprints of patients from Children’s of Alabama, this custom car will be unveiled and on display to the public at the hospital on Tuesday, April 21, 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.