Local Fundraisers Donate More Than $12,500 to Children's of Alabama

Mayer Electric presents a check to Carmen Maddox for $1,470.
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — Two Dothan fundraisers raised $12,670 for the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders (ACCCBD) at Children’s of Alabama.

Going for the Gold, a 5K Trail Run and Walk held in August by the Dothan Fire Department raised $11,200 for the ACCCBD’s Developmental Therapeutics Program. This program identifies and develops new therapies for children and young adults with cancer to improve the cure rate of pediatric cancers while decreasing immediate and long-term side effects experienced by children undergoing treatment. Along with the 5K, the Dothan Fire Department also sold t-shirts to the community for support.

Mayer Electric held two events in September that also benefited the ACCCBD, raising $1,470 for Children’s of Alabama. Dunking for Dollars and Cowboy Up or Pucker Up were held at the Mayer Electric office, and both events supported research and treatment for children at the ACCCBD.

Last year, more than 190 children in Alabama were diagnosed with cancer and blood diseases, and more than 90 percent of Alabama’s children with these illnesses receive treatment at the ACCCBD at Children’s.

“Every donation helps our mission to take care of ill and injured children in the state of Alabama,” said Carmen Maddox, the South East Alabama coordinator of community development for Children’s of Alabama. “Without the support of our community partners, like the Dothan Fire Department and Mayer Electric, we would not be able to fund programs like those available at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancers and Blood Disorders at 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, 45 other states and six foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 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 childrensal.org.

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