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Cancer and Blood Disorders

The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders is a partnership between the UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Children’s of Alabama, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and National Childhood Research entities including the National Cancer Institute and the Children’s Oncology Group.

Each year, more than 190 children are diagnosed with cancer in Alabama. The diagnoses include leukemia, lymphoma, brain and spinal cord tumors, solid tumors of muscle and bone, kidney and liver tumors and rare childhood cancers. There are approximately 2,000 patients treated with serious blood disorders, including sickle cell disease and hemophilia that receive care from the center each year.

We are committed to a CURE. Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders physicians are actively working toward the goal of a cure for all children through research and development of innovative therapies.

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The mission of the division is to improve the quality of young lives and cure children with childhood cancer and blood disorders through excellent care, education, and research.


The Division goals are to serve children and young adults with childhood cancer and blood disorders through the southeastern United States; to give state-of-the-art personalized clinical care to patients; to educate and train the public, families, patients, and healthcare professionals in the care of childhood cancer and blood disorders; and to pursue a clinical translation of basic research focused on childhood cancer and blood disorders. These goals are accomplished with the dedicated efforts of the UAB faculty teamed with an extensive support staff of UAB, Children's of Alabama.

2023 The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Gratitude Report

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Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Patient Stories

Sean Baker Children's of Alabama

Sean Baker

Sickle cell disease

Sean Baker is an active middle school student who can already list a number of impressive achievements in his scholastic journey...

Sean's Story
Kaden Wade Children's of Alabama

Kaden Wade


“He had a brain tumor in the back of his brain that was the size of a baseball,” Jamie Wade, Kaden’s mother, said...

Kaden's Story
Cole Murphy Children's of Alabama

Cole Murphy

Pre B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Only 28 days. That’s how long it took to put 3-year-old Cole Murphy’s leukemia in remission. But it took nearly four years of treatment to make sure it stayed there...

Cole's Story
Charlie Reeder Children's of Alabama

Charlie Reeder


When presented with a new robotic surgical option, John Evans and his family knew it was the right choice...

Charlie's Story
Hayli Williams Children's of Alabama

Hayli Williams

Acute myeloid leukemia

Back pain seems like a common yet harmless complaint. That’s what Katrina Williams thought when her daughter, Hayli, first starting mentioning the ailment...

Hayli's Story
Harmony Cooper Children's of Alabama

Harmony Cooper

Sickle cell disease

Doctors suspected Harmony Cooper had sickle cell disease when she was just days old...

Harmony's Story

Curing Childhood Cancer Specialty Car Tag

The Curing Childhood Cancer specialty car tag has raised more than $4,480,000 for cancer research at The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.

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The Curing Childhood Cancer tag has been specifically designed to represent every child treated by the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders (ACCCBD) at Childrenʼs of Alabama. Each dot color on the tag represents the different diagnoses of patients cared for at the ACCCBD.