The tenth annual Care-a-Thon will be broadcast live beginning Thursday, Aug. 26 at 5 a.m. and ending on Friday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m.
Scott Slade, host of “Atlanta Morning News,” and fellow AM 750 and Now 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB on-air personalities Neal Boortz and Clark Howard will host the event from the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Scottish Rite campus. The broadcast will be simulcast on AM750 and 95.5 FM.
The fundraising broadcast will benefit research and programs at the Aflac Cancer Center, one of the top ranked childhood cancer and hematology programs in the United States.
As part of the program, children and families who have benefited from care received at the Aflac Cancer Center will share their stories.
Among the families who have benefitted from care received at the Aflac Cancer Center is the Antemie family from Winder.
Five-year-old Ethan Antemie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia last year. His mother Adina describes Ethan as “a fun loving guy” currently in the maintenance phase of his chemotherapy treatment.
Adina said the family’s faith in God was not the only thing that has made the past year easier.
“The wonderful staff at the Aflac Cancer Center at Egleston has been with us since the beginning of our journey,” she said. “They have been an encouragement and support system that we could rely on. As painful as it is to have to watch your kid go through such painful experiences, it was nice to know that we can always see a friendly face, get a hug, a word of encouragement and even have fun when we are at the Aflac Cancer Center.”
The broadcast will also feature patient families from the Canton, Columbus (Cataula), Cumming, Dallas, Danielsville, Decatur, Waverly Hall, Kingston, Lawrenceville, Locust Grove, Midland, Newnan, Suwannee, Thomaston, Woodstock and Hayesville (North Carolina).
The Care-a-Thon will also feature special guests and opportunities to bid on premier auction items including lunch with Clark Howard and an opportunity to meet Johnny Isakson.
During the broadcast, listeners can tune in to AM 750 and Now 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB, www.wsbradio.com, call 888-750-2772 or visit www.choa.org/careathon to support the Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s, read patient stories and donate.
During designated bonus hours, the following organizations will match donations given online and phoned into the Care-a-Thon: Aflac, SCANA Energy, Curing Kids’ Cancer, and Aflac CEO Dan Amos. Additionally, food sponsors for the Care-a-Thon include McDonald's, Slope's, Loving Spoonfuls and Chick-fil-a.
Information and donation opportunities will also be available at www.facebook.com/AflacCancerCenter.