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A new Alabama specialty license plate will help kids with diabetes

licenseA specialty plate benefiting children with diabetes is now available to drivers across the state through county licensing offices.

The brightly colored tag, which says “Hope for Kids with Diabetes,” costs $50. From that, $41.25 will directly benefit pediatric endocrinology at Children’s of Alabama, according to a Children’s release.

The money will go to fund patient care, doctor training and research.

Children’s pediatric endocrinology division currently treats 2,600 children for diabetes, including about 1,700 for Type 1.

Type 1 diabetes is most common among children and requires insulin injections because the pancreas is not able to produce its own insulin.

“Every tag is like a small billboard promoting the need to help these youngsters who must deal with a serious chronic illness every day of their lives,” Dr. Kenneth McCormick, director of pediatric endocrinology at Children’s said in a statement.

The tag can be personalized at no extra charge.

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