February 2023
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
Hi friends,

January was a blur! We've been busy doing the work of our mission, setting goals for 2023, setting dates for events, and 4 additional staff completed training to become Community Health Workers thanks to an a partnership with the Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access Network.

A HUGE thank you to Bluegrass Energy for being a partner in 2022 and raising funds that will help sustain our gas card program for a little while.

Our first event of the year will be the 3rd annual Link to Hope Tennis Charity Event on Friday, March 17 at the Lexington Tennis Club. We are looking forward to a fun event with a Saint Patrick's Day flare. Want to sponsor or provide a silent auction item? Reach out to Melanie Hunter, melanieh@kycancerlink.org!

We appreciate your support as we all strive to be a link to hope to others.


Save the Date
Meet our Interns
Nicole Wright is a senior at Eastern Kentucky University majoring in Public Health with a focus on Health Promotion. Nicole aspires to one day work in a position related to epidemiology.

Nicole is from Lexington and she enjoys reading, watching movies, and has recently learned how to crochet.

Nicole will be with KCL through April.
Parker Gregg is a senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in Clinical Leadership & Management. Parker aspires to one day work in a position in pediatrics.

Parker is originally from Louisville. She enjoys arts & crafts and recently taught herself the basics of crocheting. She also has a cat named Gizmo.

Parker will be with KCL through February.
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.
Out & About
Big thanks to Norton Cancer Institute, Louisville Oncology for being a link to hope through the recent generous donation of prostheses for our patient services closet.

Reach out to us if you, or someone you love, has been affected by cancer and is need of a prosthesis. You can stop by our Lexington office, or we can ship directly to you.
Our director, Melissa Karrer, had the opportunity to discuss the importance of cancer screenings and early detection with WKYT's Victor Puente & Kristen Kennedy on the Mid-Morning show on Jan. 24th. Special thanks to WKYT for your continued support of our mission.
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 melanieh@kycancerlink.org
Low Carb Mini Pepper "Nachos"

This recipe is a healthy alternative to traditional nachos and loaded with lots of vitamin A from the peppers. It's the perfect keto friendly snack for gameday & it's heart healthy too!

Vegetarian Chili

This Vegetarian Chili might be meatless, but it is just as hearty, flavorful, and comforting. This recipe is loaded with fresh vegetables, three kinds of beans, and of course, flavorful and aromatic spices and it’s gluten-free too.

Artichoke Dip

Cheesy baked artichoke dip is a crowd favorite for any gathering. With just a few simple ingredients, you probably already have on hand, this is an easy dish to prepare, and your guests will be begging for the recipe. *For a healthier alternative, serve with fresh veggies for dipping.

Link to Hope Podcast
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.

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.

Our most recent story highlights KCL's bilingual navigation, the importance of pap tests for the detection of cervical cancer, and the Yes Cerv! program from CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundation that provides no cost screening & diagnostic services to eligible individuals.

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.
The Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program is a federally funded public health program providing free or low-cost breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to eligible women in Kentucky. Services like mammograms and Pap tests are offered through local health departments and participating clinics around the state.

Screening Eligibility Requirements
Women ages 21 and older
Household income at or less than 250 percent of the federal poverty level
No health insurance including Medicaid and Medicare Part B

Where do I find a provider?
KWCSP providers are located across the commonwealth. To find the provider nearest you call toll free (844) 249-0708 or click on the map to go to interactive version.
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