Rush Limbaugh shows his softer side

Each year Rush Limbaugh devotes the better part of his three-hour radio show to a fund drive for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Cure-a-thon. This year, the 23rd year, was no different.

Limbaugh announced during his show that he and his wife, Kathryn, would kick off the event by donating $500,000.

An announcement on the 2013 Annual Rush Limbaugh Cure-a-thon website reads:

This is the 23rd year that I have invited my audience to join me in helping The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) fund the fight against blood cancers. EIB listeners through the years have come through in an amazing way with increased generosity. I deeply appreciate your support and am hoping for another great year.

Before you make your donation, please take a few moments to read the Facts for Cure-a-thon donors. These facts will answer any questions you may have about the Cure-a-thon. Thank you again for helping make such a difference in the lives of so many. Your willingness to support this Annual Cure-a-thon is greatly appreciated.

Listen to Limbaugh’s heartfelt appeal here.

You can donate to the 23rd Annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Cure-A-Thon here.

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR
About Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at Cheryl@bizpacreview.com & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • SCSlim

    "Limbaugh began his show announcing that he and his wife, Kathryn, would kick off the event by donating $500,000."

    Actually, he didn't announce the amount of his contribution until the third hour of his show was underway (between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. Eastern time), not at the beginning. Every year, Rush ups the ante by contributing more of his own funds than he did the year before. This is not Limbaugh's only charity. He is a big contributor to the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation as well, having given millions of his own money to support their work.

    Rush is a far better steward of his wealth than many. You may agree or disagree with his political commentary, but it's difficult to fault his generosity. Where many celebrities pat themselves vigorously on the back for donating a few hours of their time, Rush puts his checkbook where his mouth is. Research costs money, not donated celebrity time. And while politicians are falling over themselves to pass this bill or that "for the children," Rush has for the past 23 years actually been doing something material to save the lives of children stricken with blood cancers. May God bless him for that.

    • OhioVet

      Actually, he announced his contribution at the midway point of the FIRST hour.

      • For The Truth

        The point is he is making a huge donation, more than can be said about our greedy govt. and Congressmen who squeeze at a gnat.

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    Just when you think you know someone, they surprise you. Kudos Rush.

    • Joe

      Ted, really, surprise? Apparently you are one of many who only know Rush by what the MSM reports about him. If you ever listened to him, you would have known that he has been generous to a variety of causes for most of his career.

    • robert boyd

      Ted, don't believe what you're "told". Find out for yourself. If more people did…our country would be in much better shape. Don't be one of the sheeple.

    • Curmudgeon

      Wake up Ted. Rush has been running this annual funds drive for years and has given it a LOT of money every year. If you're looking for someone to trash, try the HuffPo.

  • Sean Carter

    Typical lazy journalism. If you don't know when he announced it say so. Anyone who listens knows he didn't kick off the show announcing his donation amount. Cheryl Klimeck comes off as un-credible from the very first sentence. Also if you really listen to him you already know he has a soft side.

  • Patrick Regan

    Any true Rush fan knows they can go to rushlimbaugh.com, click on the 3rd hour of yesterdays show, and hear Rush himself say he waited until the 3rd hour to announce his and Kathryn's contribution. I guess real fans are the only ones who know how to truly and accurately source information. Those of you claiming to be fans who didn't think of this, need to spend a lot more time in attendance the the institute.

  • Grady Lawson

    Rush walks the walk, unlike other celebs that just talk the talk. As usual Rush, Well Done, well don.

  • Scott Lara

    I wonder if Media Matters will comment on Rush's generosity? Follow me on Twitter @standwithrush

  • Doug Hanks

    One thread that seems to run through show business is generosity toward worthy causes. Kudos to all.

  • Ann

    He is a true American and so completely misunderstood by the Left. If only they would tune into Rush for a few hours for two weeks they would get it and him

    • wyndle

      He is not misunderstood they hate him for what he is just like they hate Reagan for what he stood for. These people are what they are Left Wing Liberal Radicals Out to destroy anything Good. Whether it Be Rush Reagan or the United States.

  • James Gerace

    Yes, Rush is, and has always been charitable; however, beyond that, he is a true patriot and loves this country. If you just give yourself time to listen to him for just six weeks, you will have a better understanding of whom Rush really is. He has more compassion in his little finger than most of the alleged celebrities being promoted by the Mainstream Media have in their entire bodies. Besides the Charities he supports, Rush has been know to be very generous to his many callers, especially those with real needs. Yes, I am a Rush supporter, and if there were more like him in this country, we would not be going through the turmoil we are currently finding ourselves in.

    • Playrighter

      Another great example of selective journalism. The comments on this site reflect a far different Rush Limbaugh than that portrayed in the media. If "journalists" actually took the time to research this "subject" rather than repeating biased hits from groups like Media Matters — AND had the courage to report the truth — the American public would be better educated, we'd all be better off for it, and the White House would need to find someone new to demonize.

  • Bob

    Kudos to Rush –