ATLANTA, Aug. 17, 2005 – On Aug. 18–19, News/Talk 750 WSB will broadcast the fifth annual News/Talk 750 WSB Care-a-thon to benefit the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, a leading nonprofit childhood cancer and hematology program. This year's Care-a-thon begins at 5 a.m. on Aug. 18 and continues through 6 p.m. on Aug. 19.
Scott Slade, host of WSB's Atlanta Morning News and fellow News/Talk 750 WSB on-air personalities Neal Boortz and Clark Howard will broadcast the Care-a-thon live from the Aflac Cancer Center at Children's. Listeners will be introduced to children and families who have benefited from the Aflac Cancer Center and hear interviews and announcements from special guests.
“I look forward to coming to the Aflac Cancer Center year after year to meet the courageous patients and families,” said Slade. “As we celebrate our Care-a-thon's fifth year, my hat is off to our listeners because their generous donations make such a difference in these young lives.”
Recognized as one of the top three pediatric cancer centers in the country by Child magazine, the Aflac Cancer Center has benefited from the generosity of the News/Talk 750 WSB staff and listeners for the last four years. The 37-hour marathon fund-raiser has generated more than $2.3 million to date to benefit programs and research at the Aflac Cancer Center, where more than 300 new cancer patients and nearly 1,500 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other blood disorders are treated annually.
“Aflac is extremely thankful for the community's support of the Care-a-thon. Over the last five years, it has been wonderful to see how people have responded with their giving in support of the Aflac Cancer Center,” said Daniel P. Amos, chairman and CEO of Aflac. “Their generosity will help us to continue to provide innovative treatment for children battling cancer and blood disorders.”
Donors who pledge $200 or more through the Care-a-thon will receive a copy of the 2006 Our Seasons calendar. Created by Aflac Cancer Center patients and their families, the calendar features inspiring images of each season throughout the year.
Tax-deductible donations to the Care-a-thon may be made by calling 1.888.750-2772 or by logging on to www.choa.org/careathon.
The Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is a national leader among childhood cancer, hematology, and blood and marrow transplant programs, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Recognized as one of the top three pediatric cancer centers in the country by Child magazine, the Aflac Cancer Center treats more than 300 new cancer patients each year and follows nearly 1,500 patients with sickle cell disease, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. The Aflac Cancer Center is one of many programs at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta committed to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care, research and education. Children's, one of the leading pediatric healthcare systems in the country, is a not-for-profit organization that benefits from the generous philanthropic and volunteer support of our community. For more information, visit www.choa.org/cancer or call 404-250-KIDS.
For 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Aflac's insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. In January 2005, Aflac was included in Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the seventh consecutive year. Aflac has also been included in both Forbes magazine's Platinum 400 List of America's Best Big Companies and in Fortune magazine's listing of America's Most Admired Companies for five consecutive years. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.
News/Talk 750 WSB is Atlanta's source for news, weather, traffic, entertaining and informative talk and University of Georgia football. WSB is the home of nationally syndicated talk show hosts Neal Boortz and consumer watchdog Clark Howard. News/Talk 750 WSB has been ranked by Arbitron media research as the nation's number one news/talk station. The station is owned and operated by Cox Radio Inc. (CXR) which is the country's third largest radio holding company, owning 78 stations clustered in 18 markets.
For additional information, contact:
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Aflac Incorporated Corporate Communications