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ANDALUSIA – Caitie’s Army will gather again this fall to raise funds for childhood cancer research at Children’s of Alabama. This year Caitie’s Army will host two events, the Day of Hope at Springdale Estates and the Day of Hope Bike Fest.
The Day of Hope at Springdale Estates (503 E. Three Notch Street, Andalusia) will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16. Events and activities for the day include inflatable activites and games for kids, a 5K run and a Boston Butt and pound cake cook-off.
Wristbands for the inflatable activities and games will be $5 per child. Runners can enter the 5K for $15, and registration begins at 9 a.m. Those interested in the cook-offs can enter the Boston Butt cook-off for $30 and the pound cake cook-off for $10. The deadline to register for the cook-offs is Sept. 11. Vendor booths are also welcome for a $25 entry fee.
The Day of Hope Bike fest is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Red Level VFW Post #4388 (4861 Oglesby Rd., Red Level). Motorcyclists can begin registering for the ride at 9 a.m. for an entry fee of $10 per rider, and kickstands will go up at 12:30 p.m. Lunch can be purchased for $5, and commemorative T-shirts will be sold for $15. For more information about both events, contact Tee Terry at (334) 504-4095.
Caitie’s Army was inspired by Caitie Rhodes of Andalusia who was diagnosed and treated for brain cancer at Children’s in Birmingham. Touched by her story, organizers hold activities and events to raise funds that support The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s. Last year, the ride raised more than $15,000 to support childhood cancer research and help families like Caitie’s. Caitie will turn 25 this year and has now transitioned to adult care at UAB.
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at childrensal.org.