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BIRMINGHAM — Last year more than 190 children in Alabama were diagnosed with cancer and blood diseases. More than 90 percent of Alabama’s children with these illnesses receive treatment at The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.
In September, these young warriors and their battles will be spotlighted through a number of special events to commemorate both National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.
Children’s invites the public to learn more about its clinical and research programs and to be involved in raising awareness and funding through the following avenues:
Details about all these events and others, including links to events pages and social media outlets, are available at www.childrensal.org/committedtoacure.
The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders’ unique partnership of local, national and international centers of excellence provides care and treatment for approximately 1,500 children and adolescents with all types of cancers and blood disorders in the state of Alabama and the region each year. The cure rate for childhood cancers has risen from only 50 percent to 84 percent in the last 20 years and strokes in patients with sickle cell disease have decreased 90 percent through standardized screening processes. As a founding member of the Children’s Oncology Group – a worldwide clinical trials organization – research and innovative therapies done at Children’s and UAB help to save the lives of children right down the street and all over the world.