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Title
Crestline Holds Family Night to Support Pediatric Cancer Research in Honor of Local Teen
Date
04/22/2015
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MOUNTAIN BROOK – Crestline Village residents and business owners will come together to raise support for pediatric cancer research and honor a local teen on Thursday, April 23 in Crestline Village. “Geaux Sid - Crestline Family Night” will be held to honor Sid Ortis, a 15-year-old Mountain Brook boy who is battling osteosarcoma to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research.

“Geaux Sid - Crestline Family Night” is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to attend and support the effort by shopping at local Crestline businesses throughout the day. Many of the businesses will have special events and sales taking place at their stores and donating a portion of their day’s proceeds to Children’s of Alabama to help kids like Sid. Donations will also be accepted at each local business. One hundred percent of all donations will go directly to benefit patients at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.

Ortis, a 9th grade student at Mountain Brook Junior High School and an LSU football fan, recently made headlines when he returned home after his second lung surgery only to find that many from Crestline had decorated the community in purple and gold balloons and ribbons in his honor. That week he was also surprised with a personal phone call from Les Miles, the head football coach at LSU.

For a complete list of participating stores, visit www.welcometomountainbrook.com. In addition to the festivities, Children’s of Alabama will have a tent at The Pants Store during the After Party from 6-9 p.m. Guests may register for a basket worth $2,000. For more details about the evening, visit www.welcometomountainbrook.com. To learn more about pediatric cancer research at Children’s of Alabama go to childrensal.org/committedtoacure.

“One of the things I have learned about our community is just how generous and supportive they are to people in need,” said Raymond G. Watts, MD, Director of UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. “The fundraising and advocacy events by the Crestline and Mountain Brook community in support of Sid are wonderful examples of that great community spirit so prevalent in Alabama. In addition, we have all come to understand that national fundraising efforts for childhood cancer contribute only a small percentage of money raised into specific treatments for Alabama’s children. In contrast, local fundraising which stays local has a direct and personal impact on the very children we care for and care about. Sid and his family inspire us all to do more.”

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 http://www.childrensal.org.