Gary Shores has been on Toledo Radio for over 40 years with the majority of that time as the number one radio show at K-100. It is his fans, he says, who are helping him get through one of the most challenging times of his life.
Shores lost his long time on air partner Harvey J. Steele over a year ago when he passed away from complications of diabetes. Steele had made it his life's mission to raise awareness about organ donation after his life was saved with a Liver transplant 20 years prior to his death. Little did the duo know that they would share the mission of organ donation along with their award winning work on the radio. Shores was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis 3 1/2 years ago, This condition can form when scar tissue builds up in the lungs from prior infections like bronchitis or pneumonia. Shores has spent the past couple of years traveling to and from the Cleveland Clinic to be tested to get on the waiting list for a double lung transplant. "Harvey and I both played trombone when we were in elementary school, so that's where it started. And I told Harvey that I was going to write a book called "From Trombones To Transplants," says Shores.
But a couple of months ago, Shores ran into a life threatening snag in his quest to get on the transplant waiting list when he was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer. Surgery successfully removed the cancer, but this now means Shores will have to wait another year before he can get on the lung transplant waiting list. "If there's a chance that there's any cancer, they can't do the transplant because they shut down your immune system and you can't fight any cancer that might be there, so they have to be real sure there's no cancer," says Shores.
So the wait starts as Gary recovers from his kidney cancer surgery. But he doesn't have to do it alone, he has the utter support from friends and fans. His two new co-hosts Lynn Casey and Cliff Smithers are there with him every morning to help support him and keep him going. "He's a special guy to me, he was not only my boss, my mentor and great great friend," says Smithers. "If he doesn't have a bad day...How in the world can I have a bad day," says Casey.