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Racing for Children's Dinner, Auction Benefits Young Cancer Patients, Survivors
Date
02/20/2020
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RACING FOR CHILDREN’S POSTPONED

Children’s of Alabama has been closely following the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Jefferson County Health Department regarding coronavirus. This applies to patient care in our hospital and outpatient clinics as well as to events that recognize the generous support of the community.

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and supporters, we have postponed Racing for Children’s, originally set for Friday, April 3 at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. We intend to announce a new date as soon as we make arrangements with the venue. Updates will be posted online at RacingForChildrens.org.

BIRMINGHAM – The 10th Annual Racing for Children’s Charity Dinner and Auction presented by Medical Properties Trust is Friday, April 3. The event kicks off Honda Indy Grand Prix weekend festivities while benefiting young cancer patients at Children’s of Alabama. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum (6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway).

Each year, Racing for Children’s honors selected Children’s of Alabama patients who serve as honorary crew chiefs for the Racing for Children’s race car, leading the team in the race to cure cancer. Honorary crew chiefs for this year’s event are William “Oakley” Hurst, age 16, of Hillsboro; Madison McIntyre, age 12, of Birmingham; and Christian Ward, age 14, of Birmingham.

Individual event tickets are $125. Sponsorship opportunities, group ticket information and other details about the event are available at RacingForChildrens.org.

The Racing for Children’s race car presented by Medical Properties Trust will run in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5. This custom car is covered by handprints of patients from Children’s of Alabama.

Racing for Children’s raises funds and awareness for the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s, which treats more than 90 percent of Alabama children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders.

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 and 42 other states last year, representing more than 684,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 3.5 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. The medical staff consists of UAB faculty and Children’s of Alabama’s full-time physicians as well as private practicing community physicians.