You know Wes McElroy as the afternoon host on Sports Radio 910 in Richmond. In addition to that, I'm fortunate to know him as a media colleague and a friend. I met Wes in 2005 when we both worked in Charlottesville as two young guys getting our starts in the big electronic media world. He came to Richmond in 2007 (I think), and I was four years behind him in my venture east on I-64.
Wes and I have a few things in common. We're both big sports fans (obviously), we're both Pennsylvania natives, and, in a much more serious similarity, we both have fathers who are battling diabetes.
One year after Wes arrived in Richmond, he started his DADS Day campaign, which stands for Dollars Against Diabetes. Since then he has rounded up some of Richmond's biggest sports names and organizations to get behind his campaign, and while raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is important, it's also about raising awareness and bringing attention to the disease.
While diabetes is terrible, it's also given Wes a chance to showcase his relationship with his dad. The DADS Day campaign was started in honor of his father and now every year on the Friday before Father's Day, Wes and his father co-host his show at 3:00 on Sports Radio 910.
I didn't really realize what Wes was doing until about two years ago, so this year he was generous enough to let me be part of the campaign and, like Wes, I do so with my father in mind. My dad, Geoff, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1995, but through diet and exercise, he's been able to not only control the disease, but get in the best shape I've ever seen him in as well. He's gotten into cycling pretty heavily, with some highlights including his conquering of the Five Boroughs Ride in New York City and the 161 mile Black Rock (MD) to Rehoboth Beach ride on several occasions.
As for Wes, I'm excited to play a small part in his efforts this year and hope to become a regular for years to come. Not only is he a great radio host, but he's an even better guy, and this is just one example of that. Below is a link about how you can help in DADS Day.