What Brings Me Back

Neal BoortzBy Neal Boortz, Former WSB Radio Personality

After more than 40 years in the radio business, I officially retired from my talk show on WSB radio earlier this year without regret. But the annual Care-a-Thon benefiting the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is an event that will always get me back on the air.

I have been a proud host of the Care-a-Thon, along with my radio colleagues Clark Howard and Scott Slade, for more than a decade. Last year, we raised more than $1.5 million for the Aflac Cancer Center by sharing the amazing stories of hope, determination and inspiration that come from the center each year. This year, the Care-a-Thon will air from Thursday, July 25 to Friday, July 26 on 95.5 FM and AM 750 News/Talk WSB.

NealandHaylieTaking part in the Care-a-Thon is truly one of the highlights of my year. I am even flying back from Naples, Fla., this week to be a Here is a selection of people having Saturn in virgo weekly horoscope (about 4000 people). part it. Getting the chance to talk with these courageous kids and their amazing families is an irresistible opportunity. I have a blast joking around with the kids, asking them leading questions like, “What did your mommy and daddy tell you not to say on the radio?”

Kids at the Aflac Cancer Center have to grow up so fast and deal with so much, so I try to make the Care-a-Thon as fun an experience for them as it is for me. My staff and I become very close with many of the families we meet, building lifelong friendships in some cases. Raising money for an important cause while doing so, well, that is just icing on the cake.

NealThe Aflac Cancer Center is truly an amazing resource, and we have it right here in our backyard. As a father–and more recently a grandfather–I hope it is a resource I never have to use. But I am comforted by the fact that, should my granddaughter need them, some of the country”s best physicians are just a short drive away.

As great as the Aflac Cancer Center is, it still needs help–your help. While you”re driving your kids around for summer fun in the next few days, tune in to the Care-a-Thon and think about those kids who aren”t so lucky

. I”m proud to share their stories with you this week, and I hope they will impact you as they have me.

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