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Fishing Tournament Raises ‘Reel Hope’ for Pediatric Cancer Patients
ORANGE BEACH – The inaugural Reel Hope Classic fishing tournament is set for August 28-29 at the Orange Beach Marina (27075 Marina Road). Hosted by the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club, the event will benefit patients treated at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.

The Reel Hope Classic will kick off the tournament weekend with the Captains’ Meeting and pre-party at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 28, at the Orange Beach Marina. Participating crew members can bring one guest each to enjoy dinner, drinks, a live auction, and live music from Rez and The Solutions.

On Saturday, four-man teams can compete in categories including inshore fishing for $250 per boat and offshore fishing for $500 per boat. A jackpot category is also available for an additional $25 per boat. All boats must be under the bridge at Orange Beach Marina by 6 p.m. Weigh-in will run from 4-8 p.m. Individuals can register under the “Land Lubber” category to fish from the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores for $25 per person.

To register or get more information about the tournament, visit or call Kerrie Benson at 251-610-4969. Further updates can also be found on the event’s Facebook page (

Last year, Children’s treated more than 3,200 patients from the Gulf Coast region. More than 90 percent of all Alabama pediatric cancer patients are treated at Children's of Alabama. Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient surgery and diagnostic imaging services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen offices in communities across central and north Alabama. The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in nursing care. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states. More information is available at