Inaugural “Discovering Hope” Event Will Help Fund Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Children’s of Alabama

• Contact: Kathy Bowers 205/638-9002 (Kathy.bowers@childrensAL.org)

BIRMINGHAM (Sept. 23, 2013) – George Sarris of The Fishmarket on Southside will host the inaugural “Discovering Hope” event on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Kress Building (301 19th St. N., Birmingham 35203) to benefit The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.

The event will feature live music, hors d’oeuvres, spirits and a live auction. Individual tickets are $40 and available at http://www.childrensal.kintera.org/discoveringhope.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the event for $350 to $2,500. All proceeds will be directed to the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program in the Lowder Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit at Children’s. More information is available by contacting Kelley Burgess Olis at kelley.olis@childrensal.org.

More than 90 percent of all children and young adults diagnosed with cancer in Alabama are treated at Children’s. Each year, nearly 30 patients receive blood and marrow transplants to treat various conditions, including leukemia, sickle cell disease and immune deficiencies.

The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders represents a unique partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Children’s, with the goal of curing all children with cancer and serious blood disorders.

The event precedes the 4th Annual Advancement in the Care of Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Symposium taking place at Children’s Oct. 24. The educational symposium, aimed at physicians, nurses and other health care providers, will bring together experts from across the U.S. to discuss the latest treatments and practices related to childhood cancer and sickle cell disease.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Last year, families made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children’s from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. and has been ranked among the top children’s hospital programs in the country for the past four years by US News & World Report. More information is available at http://www.childrensal.org.

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