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BIRMINGHAM (July 5, 2011) - An Alabama Fighting Cystic Fibrosis car tag is in production after Children's of Alabama and The Laps for CF Foundation secured 1,194 pre-commitments to purchase the new tag, the two organizations announced today. The plates will be available in August. Alabama law requires 1,000 tags to be sold before a vanity plate is produced.

Once produced, the tags will be available for purchase for a $50 fee at any Alabama Department of Motor Vehicles Office. Those who made a pre-commitment will be able to pick up their tag at this time as well. From the $50 fee, $41.25 goes directly to support the fight against cystic fibrosis (CF), specifically transitional care for patients at Children's and UAB. Transitional care bridges the gap between pediatric patients at Children's and adult patients at UAB and encompasses all areas of need including staffing, space, equipment, and research as patients approach adulthood and beyond. For more information about the Fighting Cystic Fibrosis license plate, visit or call 205-871-9140.

CF is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects approximately 30,000 people in the United States. Children's of Alabama provides care for more than 340 CF patients and families in Alabama and surrounding areas. Most CF patients are diagnosed at birth or before the age of three. Currently, CF has no cure.

Children's of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and is one of the 10 busiest pediatric medical centers in the nation. 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. Ten of its divisions - pulmonology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, neonatology, cancer, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology and nephrology-are ranked in the Top 50 Children's Hospital Programs by US News & World Report. For more information, visit, or

The Laps for CF Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Birmingham dedicated to raising awareness of CF and providing financial support in all areas of need for treatment, research, care and improved quality of life. For more information, visit, or