July 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,

Thanks for reading this month's newsletter!

We are in full swing of planning our 9th annual Links to Hope golf scramble that will be at Keene Trace - Keene Run Golf Course again this year. We still have spots for teams and sponsors and would love to host you on September 19, 2023. It is my favorite day of the year and would love to have you be a part of it! Just reach out to Melanie - melanieh@kycancerlink.org

I am thankful for you - and I appreciate you following along with our mission. Together we can be a link to hope to our friends and neighbors in Kentucky as they experience a cancer diagnosis.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.


Save the Date!
CLICK HERE to get to the 9th Annual Links to Hope Golf Scramble to choose the option that works best for you to get involved in our event!
Out & About
This year, our KCL team decided to divide & conquer on Friday, June 2nd, while Melanie, KCL's director of community outreach, attended the cancer survivor celebration at Baptist Health Lexington, Syrena, our KCL program assistant, attended the UK Expressions of Courage cancer survivor celebration event at Kroger Field. We love our healthcare partnerships and always look forward to these meaningful events honoring survivors and their caregivers.
Melanie, our director of community outreach, attended the Harrison County health fair hosted by Harrison Memorial Hospital on Thursday, June 1st. The event was attended by over 150 community members and several healthcare professionals.

We love events with our community partners!
Melissa and Melanie recently traveled to Louisville to record a Link to Hope podcast with our friends at Run Switch PR on June 6th. Virtual recordings work great, but being in the studio was so much fun!
Ginger, one of KCL's bilingual patient navigators, and Melanie, our director of community outreach had the opportunity to speak to "Lazos de Amor" ladies' group in Lexington on June 17. Ginger spoke to the group about cancer screening guidelines and the importance of early detection especially for cervical and breast cancer and education on the Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program. We are always grateful for the opportunity to share impactful information and the work that we do within our community.
Our executive director, Melissa, attended Toyota Tsusho's employee golf tournament on June 23rd where she accepted a generous donation for our Missy's Mission fund, named in honor of past board president, Missy Jolliff. Thank you, Toyota Tsusho, for your continued support and for being a link to hope for Kentuckians through Missy's legacy.
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
Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

This is a wonderful summer recipe, the perfect side dish for a barbecue or to enjoy as a main course. The quinoa and black beans provide ample protein and it's a great way to put all of those fresh summer veggies to good use. You can skip the feta cheese if you want to make this a vegan dish.

Blueberry Lemon Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are the perfect summer way to break your fast while nourishing your body. It's easy to prepare, and they're loaded with lots of nutrients, like protein and fiber, to keep you full.

Iced Vanilla Latte

This quick & easy, budget friendly sweet treat is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day. Made with very few ingredients, it's a delicious way to treat yourself this summer.

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.

Our most recent segment features an overview of our Link to Hope podcast!

THANK YOU to Amber Philpott, WKYT for your partnership!
Screening Opportunities
NO-COST Colon Cancer Screening
OC Light FIT (at-home screening)
  • Ages 45-75
  • Average risk (no symptoms or significant family history)
  • Must live in Kentucky
  • no income or insurance eligibility

Colonoscopy (screening, surveillance, diagnostic)**
Participating providers located in multiple locations across the commonwealth

  • Ages 45-75 (younger if having symptoms or have family history)
  • Kentucky resident
  • uninsured or under-insured (high deductible or plan without preventive coverage)
  • INDIVIDUAL income at or below 300% federal poverty guidelines ($43,740 - higher with dependents)

  • Ages 45 to 75
  • Average risk (no symptoms, history of precancerous polyps, significant family history)
  • Uninsured (or plan does not cover screening)
  • Kentucky resident
  • INDIVIDUAL income at or below 300% federal poverty guidelines ($43,740 - may be higher with dependents)

**This program is funded by the Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening and Prevention Program.

Call Kentucky CancerLink to speak with a certified patient navigator!
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