DULUTH -- Radio host John Kincade and sports talk station 680 The Fan are coming to Gwinnett Friday for the 13th annual "Strike Out Leukemia & Lymphoma Radiothon."
Kincade, a co-host of the station's "Buck and Kincade" show, is a testicular and lymphoma cancer survivor and helped start the first radiothon in 2001. This year, University of Georgia linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti and his wife, Keely, will share a story of their daughter's battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
The station will broadcast live from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the Duluth PGA Tour Superstore at 4000 Venture Dr. NW. The station said in a news release that it is set to raise $125,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Last year, the station surpassed a $1 million milestone since the radiothon began.
Kasyn Olivadotti was a 4-year-old in 2011 when her family learned that she had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Kasyn is currently undergoing treatment to fight ALL.
"Our 680 team works many hours behind the scenes to set up a fantastic event and the 680 audience does the rest," Kincade said in a news release. "We know that our incredible listeners will come together to help us fight cancer in an amazing way and make this year's radiothon a huge success."
According to a news release from the station, in 1964, a child's chance of surviving ALL, the most common form of childhood leukemia, was 3 percent. Today, about 90 percent of children survive thanks to advancements in treatments partially funded by LLS.
Kelly Dolan, the executive director of the Georgia chapter of the LLS, said she appreciated the support from the event.
"The continued dedication of John Kincade and the staff and listeners of 680 The Fan is making a tremendous difference in the lives of the thousands of patients and their families living with blood cancer across Georgia, including little Kasyn and her family," Dolan said.