18th Annual WSB Care-a-Thon Raises Over $1.6 Million for the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

ATLANTA, Aug. 6, 2018 – Cox Media Group Atlanta’s News 95.5 and AM750 WSB (WSB-AM/WSBB-FM) hosted the 18th annual WSB Care-a-Thon from 5 a.m. on July 26 until 6 p.m. on July 27. The 37-hour radio event raised over $1.6 million for research and programs at the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“For the past 18 years, the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center has been fortunate to partner with WSB Radio to host the WSB Care-a-Thon,” said Ron Frieson, president of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation and External Affairs. “Together we have raised $22 million for the patients who come to the Aflac Cancer Center seeking compassion and care in their darkest hours. We are grateful for the generous support of WSB Radio and their listeners to aid our efforts to give the more than 7,500 patients we serve each year the long, healthy and happy lives they deserve.”

Condace Pressley, Georgia Radio Hall of Famer and WSB’s director of community affairs, said, “There is no sweeter sound to my ears than that of the phones ringing and our volunteers accepting donations from WSB listeners. They give year after year and with those dollars our partners at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center are saving more lives each and every day. What a gift! What an amazing blessing to be part of something so special.”

Pete Spriggs, director of branding and programming for WSB, added, “This event is a favorite for me and all of our talent. For two days, I shared emotional tears with Eric Von Haessler, Scott Slade, Neal Boortz and Clark Howard. The interviews with the kids and their parents are inspiring beyond belief. The Aflac Cancer Center is a great local charity that does so much good for families all across north Georgia. I am so happy they let us tell their amazing, positive story.”

Scott Slade, Clark Howard, Eric Von Haessler, Mark Arum, Neal Boortz and Herman Cain and many other local radio personalities participated in the WSB Care-a-Thon by interviewing patients and their families and encouraging listeners to donate and purchase one-of-a-kind experiences throughout the two-day event. Special guests included Dan Amos (Chairman and CEO of Aflac), Kathelen Amos (President of The Aflac Foundation), Matt Ryan (Quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons), and other Atlanta-based celebrities.

To hear patient stories and see live coverage from this year’s Care-a-Thon, click here.

WSB Radio and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta thank Kroger, 1st National Roofing and Jim Ellis Automotive Group for their support and generous donations to the Aflac Cancer Center. You may continue to give online here.

 

About the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is a national leader among childhood cancer, hematology, and blood and marrow transplant programs, serving children and young adults. Recognized as one of the top childhood cancer centers in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the Aflac Cancer Center cares for more than 450 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year and follows more than 3,200 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders. The Center has a well-developed clinical research office and a robust Phase I/II clinical trials infrastructure. Visit AflacCancerCenter.org or call 404-785-1112 or 888-785-1112 for more information.

About Cox Media Group

News 95.5 and AM750 WSB is owned and operated by Cox Media Group (CMG), an integrated broadcasting, publishing, and digital media company. The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, more than 60 radio stations, two daily newspapers and more than 80 digital sites. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps – the country’s biggest television rep firm – Gamut, and Videa. The company also offers a full suite of local and regional advertising services through its Local Solutions and Ideabar businesses. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 2 million newspaper readers, and nearly 15 million radio listeners.  For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.