August 2022
Kentucky CancerLink is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce and/or eliminate barriers to screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. We work alongside Kentuckians in need of life-saving cancer screenings or in need of support while on a cancer journey. We strive to be a link to hope...
Greetings from the Executive Director:

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” – Bernard Williams

Hi Friends,

It's hard to think of ourselves as anything but blessed these days. As our friends and neighbors are dealing with the devastation in Eastern Kentucky, I have been so inspired by stories of the helpers. The strength and perseverance of Kentuckians is unmatched. As a team, our hearts are with them. Please work to find ways to help as even a little done by many can make a great impact.

Be safe and take care of each other. Thank you for staying engaged with Kentucky CancerLink as we work to be a link to hope to Kentuckians on a cancer journey.

Read on for updates.


Melissa Karrer
Board Member Spotlight - Lois Davis
This month we are excited to spotlight board member, Lois Davis. Lois is a retired public health nurse who has been a board member for over ten years. She served as secretary of the board for many years and prior to becoming a board member, Lois was on the KCL advisory council. Lois has also been an active member of our events planning committee. As a nurse at the Lexington- Fayette County Health Department, Lois partnered with KCL on several grants and projects from the Ky Department of Public Health which have grown into successful programs of support for communities throughout the Commonwealth. 
A devoted advocate for preventive health and recommended screenings, Lois is passionate about empowering individuals to take charge of their health knowing that early detection saves lives.
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: to register your Kroger card. The ID#
for Kentucky CancerLink is TG249.
Out and About
Melissa and Melanie attended the Kentucky Chamber's 2nd annual Women's Summit at the Central Bank Center in Lexington on July 11. It was a great event and a unique opportunity to network with women across the Commonwealth who play a crucial role in Kentucky's success.

Melissa, Syrena, & Melanie were in Frankfort on the July 15th for the ceremonial bill signing of HB 219, the lung cancer screening initiative, as well as several other very impactful bills including HB 525 which provides reimbursement for certain services provided by certified community health workers. They had a photo op with Gov. Beshear and had the opportunity to get some puppy cuddles in with the First Pup, Winnie. Lots of great bipartisan work being done in the Commonwealth.
Melanie attended the Bluegrass State Games on 7/23/22, in collaboration with the team at CHI St. Joseph Healthcare Lexington, one of our fabulous partners. Look for us again at the Midsummer Night's Run in downtown Lexington on August 13!
Melissa, Gabby, & Melanie attended the Health & Wellness Fair at Centro de San Juan Diego on July 31. The event was attended by over 350 community members and partners in the Lexington & surrounding areas with a special focus on the Hispanic community. It was a wonderful opportunity to educate and navigate individuals in need of colon cancer screenings and other needs as well.
Contact Melanie Hunter,
Do you have a resource that might be useful to the cancer community? Let us know, and we may share it in future publications. Email Melanie Hunter at

Tomato, Peach, & Burrata Salad

A fresh & simple salad made with some of summer's most delightful commodities- fresh tomatoes, juicy peaches, fresh basil, burrata cheese & balsamic. It's easy, refreshing, and full of flavor.

Key Lime Pie

This key lime pie recipe is easy & delicious. You can never beat the real thing; however, Nellie & Joe's key lime juice (found in the juice aisles in most grocery stores) used in place of fresh squeezed key limes also works great. Don't substitute the homemade graham cracker crust me on this.

Spa Smoothie

 a specific formula of refreshing ingredients to help you build a blood sugar–balancing meal replacement shake with enough protein, fat and fiber to keep you full. 

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

Suggestions for what you'd like to hear? Contact Melanie Hunter at to share your ideas!
You can also listen to Link 2 Hope 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.

Our most recent story features a medical tattoo specialist who erases cancer's mark and gives hope to women.

THANK YOU to WKYT for their partnership!
Screening Opportunities
Do you need help getting a breast or cervical screening, but are uninsured or underinsured? Call Kentucky CancerLink and we'll get you connected with CHI Saint Joseph Health's Yes, Mamm! and Yes, Cerv! program!

Call Kentucky CancerLink at 859-309-1700 for more information.
In partnership with the Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program, Kentucky CancerLink can connect you with a no cost/low cost breast and/or cervical screening close to home.
University of Kentucky
Ovarian Cancer Screening Program
For more information about the ovarian cancer screening program at the University of Kentucky, visit this link.
Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines
Low-dose CT screening (LDCT) is a test used to detect lung cancer before any symptoms appear. Under the new lung cancer screening guidelines, those ages 50-80 who have a 20 pack-year smoking history or who have quit smoking in the past 15 years should get screened for lung cancer. Under the new guidelines, more women, Black and Latino individuals are considered at high risk. 

2425 Regency Road, Suite B
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: 859-309-1700
Toll-Free: 877-597-4655
Fax: 859-368-8418