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Gary Shores saying goodbye at K-100

Longtime broadcaster suffering from pulmonary fibrosis, cancer bout
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Longtime radio host Gary Shores announced health problems are forcing him to leave K-100.

Longtime radio broadcaster Gary Shores is leaving local radio airwaves this week, he announced, as health issues are making it impossible for him to continue. 

On Tuesday, Shores, who hosts the area’s No. 1 morning show, discussed his recent health troubles and his pending departure on the station's Facebook page. 

"As you may or may not know, This is my last week at K-100, at least for now. I'm going out on disability starting this Friday, because of my lung disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis, which is scarring of the lungs, and makes it very difficult to breathe, and get oxygen in my blood stream. I get completely out of breath after talking for a minute or so, it's very frustrating," Shores wrote. 

"I've struggled with this disease for about 3 years now, it's a progressive disease, and there's no cure, except a lung transplant. I was on track for that with the Cleveland Clinic, but my recent cancer episode has put that on hold for at least one year, maybe more."

In March, Shores said had been diagnosed with kidney cancer and needed surgery to remove a mass on his right kidney.

"In the mean time, I want to thank everyone for all the thoughts and prayers when my wife of almost 43 years, Joanie, died in November. And thank you for all of your prayers and positive thoughts when I had cancer surgery last month. You all taught me the power of prayer. I was totally blown away! I've always said we have the best listeners on the planet. You prove that day in and day out. Thank you!"

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