Last summer, Carla Leonardo, the popular weekend host at WDRV-97.1 FM The Drive, had to take a personal leave of absence from the station to deal with a health issue. That issue was her battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
According to Chicago Radio&Media, Carla Leonardo had some heartbreaking news to share Wednesday...
On her Facebook page, Carla Leonardo said: "Well, friends, this is a post I'd hoped to never write. The Acute Meloid Leukemia is back, which means more chemo, followed by a bone marrow transplant. Yeah, not gonna rock on 97.1 The Drive for awhile."
Acute myeloid leukemia is a cancer of the myeloid blood cells within bone marrow. This causes the bone marrow to no longer create healthy red blood cells, platelets, and normal white blood cells.
Leonardo has asked that those who wish to help her, and others like her, to visit BeTheMatch.org. There one can learn about the simple ways to donate bone marrow or umbilical cord blood.
Carla Leonardo's slightly raspy, but always cheerful voice has been warming the hearts and ears of classic rock fans on The Drive for well over a decade. She has been with WDRV-FM since 2001, working mainly as a weekend and fill-in personality.