April 2024
A message from the Executive Director - Melissa Karrer
Hi Friends,

April is here! We had an exciting March - you'll see the many places where Melanie connected with partners across the Commonwealth to spread the word about colon cancer awareness and offered no-cost screening options! So thankful for her!

April 1, 2024, marks the 10-year anniversary of Kentucky CancerLink expanding our mission to include all cancers evolving from our former mission to support breast cancer patients as Kentucky Pink Connection. The photo below popped up in my Facebook memories announcing the update and I cannot believe that 10 years has flown by so quickly.... I was a volunteer then...the mission had already captured my heart.

We have a new contributor, Beth Creek, RN who will be providing content for our newsletter. She has some great sunscreen tips to share!

It seems odd to talk about something for September, but it's already April, so it will be here before we know it! You do not want to miss out on our 10th Annual Links to Hope Golf Scramble on Monday, September 16, 2024, at Keene Trace Golf Club - Champion Trace Course, home of the Barbasol Championship. We've included detailed information below.

Thank you for taking the time to read through our newsletter and please reach out with any questions about our mission!

We continue to work together to be a link to hope and make an impact in Kentucky!


About us
Screening and Cancer Support Services
Cancer Awareness
For information, including risk factors and more, about esophageal, testicular, and/or head & neck cancer-click the links below:

Welcome New Board Members!
Elizabeth Holtsclaw
American Cancer Society
Director, Payor and National Partnerships
Aaron Kruse-Diehr, PhD
University of Kentucky
Bray Scroggins
Director of Field Operations
Thank You!
In the news...

Partner contributor to the Link to Hope Newsletter: Beth Creek

Beth Creek, RN, lives near Bowling Green, KY with her husband and two children. She works as a registered nurse and enjoys homeschooling, raising chickens, and learning to play the violin. 

7 Truths About Sunscreen
Beth Creek, RN

Summer in Kentucky is fast approaching, which means more fun in the sun. It is essential to remember to practice sun safety to reduce your risk of getting skin cancer. Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can come from tanning beds, sun lamps, and the sun itself. To reduce your risk, wearing sunscreen is a simple and vital step.
Here are 7 truths about sunscreen to simplify sun safety:

1. Choose a sunscreen labeled as “broad spectrum” or “full spectrum.”. These sunscreens provide protection from both types of UV rays that can harm your skin: UVA and UVB.

2. Choose an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. For even better protection, choose from 30 to 50 SPF. Beyond 50 is not necessary, as the additional protection is minimal.

3. Sunscreen wears off, so you must reapply often - every 2 hours or after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.

4. You need a lot of it. Visualize a shot glass. That’s about how much an adult needs to apply just to your face, neck, and the back of your hands. You will need additional sunscreen for other areas that are exposed to the sun.

5. You still need to wear it on a cloudy day. UV light penetrates clouds and can reflect off water, pavement, and other surfaces.

6. Sunscreen does expire. Check the expiration date. Typical shelf life is 3 years and less if it’s been exposed to high temperatures.

7. Remember areas like your lips, ears, tops of your feet, and the back of your neck.

For added protection, wear a wide-brimmed hat or long-sleeve shirt, sit in the shade of an umbrella or tree, and wear sunglasses.

Out and About
Melissa and Melanie traveled to Paducah on Friday, March 1st for Baptist Health Paducah's 100 Days of Service Colon Cancer Awareness event. It also happened to be Dress in Blue Day which helps raise awareness of colon cancer.
Melanie attended KY Black Pride's 8th annual Women & Girl's Health Summit on Saturday, March 2nd at the East Lexington library location. We love opportunities to share our mission with our community.
Melanie attended "Spring into Wellness" health fair hosted by St. Claire HealthCare on Tuesday, March 5th. We love our partnerships! It’s always an added bonus to run into our Kentucky Cancer Program friends & the inflatable colon.
Melanie was in Richmond on March 6th & March 20th serving the Madison County community with partners from Baptist Health Richmond for their 100 days of service outreach events. We love opportunities to be a link to hope in our communities.
Melanie was in Corbin on March 7th for Baptist Health Corbin's 100 Days of Service colon cancer awareness event. It was a great event and a fun way to raise awareness of this preventable disease.
Melanie was in Pendleton County on Sat. March 9th for a health fair hosted by Harrison Memorial Hospital. Lots of great conversations about colon cancer prevention and early detection and also education about KCL patient services and programs. We love our communities & our community partners!
Melanie attended "For the Family" a colorectal cancer awareness event at Community Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville on Saturday, March 23rd. One of our new board members, Aaron Kruse-Diehr, PhD, was involved too which was a special treat. We love working within our communities to spark important conversations about the importance of getting screened for cancer.
Melanie attended Baptist Health Lexington's 100 days of service event, in Lexington at the STEAM academy on Sunday, March 24th. We love engaging with our partners and taking part in events that make cancer screenings fun!
Melanie was in Magoffin County on Tuesday, March 26 attending a free health fair for the community of Salyersville. We’re always grateful for opportunities to educate folks on screening programs & resources KCL can provide for Kentuckians.
Melissa attended the 7th Annual Quarter Horse Marathon that took place on Sat., March 30th at historic White Hall in Richmond. We're grateful for the continued support of Bob Baney and RaceRise who do a wonderful job organizing and for volunteers from Junior League Lexington as well as our student intern from EKU. Thank you to WKYT and UK HealthCare Markey Cancer Center for the sponsorship support!
Save the Date!
KY Gives Day is coming up next month! Would you help us spread the word? We would love for you to share on your social media sites, tell your friends, and help us meet our fundraising goal! With your help, we can continue to help be a Link to Hope to countless Kentuckians from Paducah to Pikeville. If 100 people gave just $25 each, we could raise $2,500 to support KY cancer patients! Stay tuned and be sure to check out our social media sites for more information.
#givegenerously #livegenerously #makeadifference
Ways to GIVE BACK!
Kroger Community Rewards
Support Kentucky CancerLink’s mission at your local grocery store! We are pleased to be a part of the Kroger Community Rewards program.

It’s easy!! Just go to: https://www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards to register your Kroger card. The ID#
for Kentucky CancerLink is TG249.
Share your ideas and resources! Do you know of something that might be useful to the cancer community? Let us know, and we may share it in future publications.
Email Melanie Hunter at melanieh@kycancerlink.org
To apply online for the Reel Recovery fly fishing retreat or for more information, click here
Delicious Ideas

Strawberry Fields Salad

This is not only one of the most delicious salads I've ever had but one of the prettiest too.

Strawberries are beginning to make their appearance in our region and many of our local orchards even offer opportunities to pick your own.

You could add some salmon or grilled chicken to this salad to increase protein and make it a main course.

Creamy Spring Tortellini

This savory dish comes together in a flash using a 9-ounce package of cheese tortellini and some fresh asparagus and frozen peas & don't forget the bacon. *You can leave the bacon out though for a vegetarian option.

Start out with the strawberry fields salad and you've got a delicious meal that is perfect for a busy weeknight or a leisurely weekend.

No Bake Cheesecake
For One (Low Calorie+Low Sugar)

This recipe is perfect for when you want something sweet but also want to stay within the range of your nutrition goals.

Using non-fat greek yogurt (for an added punch of protein) and fresh strawberries *or you can use no sugar added cherry or blueberry pie filling too, you've got a delicious treat that will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without an ounce of regret.

Link to Hope Podcast
Kentuckians need hope today. Link 2 Hope is a monthly podcast featuring community partners discussing ways to remove barriers for Kentuckians in need of screening, diagnosis and treatment for cancer.

New episodes available! Click HERE.
Is there a topic that you would like to hear about? Contact Melanie Hunter at melanieh@kycancerlink.org to share your ideas!
Thank you to our partner, RunSwitch PR!

Available on whichever platform you listen to your podcasts. Subscribe to be informed when new episodes are added!
WKYT - Link to Hope
Each month on WKYT, a Link to Hope story is featured with Amber Philpott.

This month we highlight the work that's being done to screen uninsured and underinsured Kentuckians for colon cancer through the partnership of KY CancerLInk and the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening & Prevention program, funded by our state legislature, and (CSGA) Colorectal Surgical & Gastroenterology Associates, one of the providers for the KCCSP program.

THANK YOU to WKYT for your partnership!
Every donation counts...
Use the QR code or visit kycancerlink.org

Thank you for being a link to hope!
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