CHANGING OIL, CHANGING LIVES
Since 2008, Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers has partnered with Children’s of Alabama in the annual ‘Changing Oil, Changing Lives’ campaign to help strengthen patients and their families in their fight against cancer. This annual commitment directly supports the Expressive Activities for Hope and Healing at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders (ACCCBD) and the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Children’s of Alabama.
We’ve been consistently amazed at the overwhelming support from our customers and the artwork presented year after year.
The diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer or blood disorders presents many emotional and practical challenges for the entire family. With the Hope and Cope Program, both patients and their families are provided a creative experience to express their feelings, fears and concerns, while bolstering a sense of normalcy, strength and comfort.“We are committed to a cure, which includes healing the whole person and improving the quality of life for children and their families,” said Avi Madan-Swain, PhD, Director, Hope and Cope Psychosocial Program. “Through our Hope and Cope program, we provide activities to foster health and well-being and one of our major initiatives has been expressive activities.
Express Oil’s partnership is ensuring that through art, music and other activities, children and teens get to explore and work through feelings, fears, concerns, and pain. They also can be distracted from being hospitalized, and escape into an imaginary world or a place that provides them with a sense of normalcy, strength and comfort.”
HOW MUCH HAS BEEN DONATED?
As of 2019, with the support from our loyal customers, Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers has been humbled and honored to contribute over $600,000 to this impactful, healing program.
“Whether it’s for admissions, surgeries or clinic appointments, having a way to artistically express the emotions that come with a cardiac diagnosis has been extremely beneficial in promoting overall coping for our patients,” said Kassidy Narber, Certified Child Life Specialist, Cardiovascular Services. “We are so appreciative of Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers’s dedication to Children’s."
ABOUT 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, 42 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 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.