Sebastian’s RunWalk for a Cure to Benefit Saturday, September 15

Contact: Shelley Scott 205-638-9007 (shelley.scott@childrensal.org)

 BIRMINGHAM  – Families and friends will have the opportunity to join others in the fight against childhood cancer at Sebastian’s RunWalk for a Cure on Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Town of Mt Laurel.

 Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 5k RunWalk begins at 8:30 a.m. The one mile Kids’ Fun Run/Family Walk begins at 10 a.m. Participants can choose to walk individually or create a team to honor a patient, participate as a company or school, or walk with friends. Participants will be able to enjoy food and kid’s activities and also honor Sebastian and all other children who are facing childhood cancer. This event will benefit the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama and bring together supporters of all ages.

 Sebastian Lemos was a brave young boy who loved to play soccer and watch out for his younger sister, Isabella. He was diagnosed with Central Nervous System (CNS) Sarcoma, a rare tumor in children, at 4 years old. For more than three years, Sebastian courageously faced doctor appointments and many different treatments. Unfortunately, he lost his battle with cancer in 2008. In 2009 his family and friends started Sebastian’s RunWalk for a Cure to honor his memory by raising money to help other children.

 Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 12 and younger. Sponsorship opportunities and online registration can be found at www.sebastiansrunwalk.org. More information is available by contacting Shelley Scott at shelley.scott@childrensal.org or calling 205-638-9007.

 About Children’s of Alabama

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s historic Southside with additional outpatient surgery and diagnostic imaging services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen offices in communities across central and north Alabama. The Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet-designated hospital for excellence in nursing care. For the past three years, Children’s has been ranked among the best children’s hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. It is a private, not-for-profit hospital that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs. Last year, patients made more than 634,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 47 other states. More information is available at www.childrensal.org.

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