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Children's Celebrates National Pediatric Neuro Oncology Month

HOOVER  – Green Valley Elementary School will host the inaugural Zumba Fun-Raiser on Saturday, May 16th to raise awareness and funds for the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology program at Children’s of Alabama.

The event, a two-hour fitness party, hosted by a handful of local Zumba instructors from across the Birmingham area, will take place at Hoover’s Sertoma Gym from 3-5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased by visiting:

In addition to the Zumba Fun-Raiser, Children’s of Alabama will celebrate National Brain Tumor Awareness Month by hosting their annual Neuro-Oncology Symposium on Friday, May 1.  This year’s symposium will focus on pediatric gliomas, the most common form of brain tumor.  Brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer related death in children and approximately half of the patients do not survive despite aggressive treatment.  The event will feature six internationally known speakers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Johns Hopkins University and Cornell University, all who specialize in pediatric glioma research.  

The symposium was made possible through generous donations from the family of Lily P. Rushton, a local teen who passed away in 2009 after a valiant seven-year battle with a brain tumor.

The Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders is one of the largest programs in the United States, with 50 to 70 children newly diagnosed each year, and more than 1,000 patient visits annually at the Neuro-Oncology Clinic. Treatment on clinical trials is offered to all eligible patients, providing access to the most current and novel therapies available. Ongoing translational research through the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Neuro-Oncology Program is developing innovative, targeted therapies like oncolytic virotherapy which are designed to improve outcomes and reduce side-effects in children with malignant brain tumors. Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, a dedicated program for children with tumors of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), is a sub-specialty of Pediatric Oncology. This nationally recognized program combines the expertise of neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, hematology-oncology, neuro-radiology, neurology, neuropathology and stem cell transplant.

A comprehensive, multi-disciplinary support program includes social services, rehabilitation medicine, neuropsychology, and school liaisons to provide families with vital resources during and after treatment.

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, or