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Dothan Police Department Kicks off Annual “Hair-Raiser” for Children’s of Alabama

DOTHAN  – The Dothan Police Department kicks off their second annual “Paint ‘Em Up and Let it Grow” fundraiser today to benefit the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders (ACCCBD) at Children’s of Alabama.

Throughout November, male officers will ask for sponsorships in order to grow a beard, while female officers can paint their nails. Officers who raise $100 or more are allowed keep the beard or painted nails through the end of the month. The top five fundraisers are allowed to keep their beard or painted nails through the end of the year.

“I am very excited and thankful to see the Dothan Police Department entering their second year of fundraising for Children’s of Alabama, and I know that our community will come together and support the officers in this awesome endeavor,” said Carmen Maddox, Coordinator of Community Development for Children’s of Alabama.

Each year, more than 190 children are diagnosed with cancer in Alabama. The ACCCBD at Children’s provides care to 90 percent of the children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders in the state. On average, the ACCCBD treats approximately 1,500 children in Alabama and the region annually.

For more information on how to support the Dothan Police Department’s campaign, contact Carmen Maddox at or 334-333-5876.

About the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders
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.

About Children’s of Alabama
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