June 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,

Summer is HERE!

We are very busy at KCL with survivor events and other opportunities to work with partners. We have also been staying busy serving Kentucky cancer patients.

Make sure to watch the most recent Link to Hope segment through WKYT (link below) as a wonderful gal, Lindsay, is highlighted talking about our patient services and how we helped her get a wig as she faces the battle of her life. She is such a sweet spirit and we are so fortunate to know her! She was campaign manager to the late Representative Lamin Swann, who I went to high school with, and we recently lost too soon. He was very kind and he always wanted to do the best for Kentucky. He'll be greatly missed.

Make sure to check into our Links to Hope Golf Scramble - Tuesday, September 19 at Keene Trace Golf Club, Keene Run Course. We have opportunities for players, teams, and sponsors. There is also an opportunity to sponsor a hole sign ($250) to advertise your business or celebrate/honor a loved one who is experiencing or has been on a cancer journey. This is a way that we work to personalize our event and allow for us to remember the work that we do.

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.


Thank you! #kygives2023
Thanks to support on Kentucky Gives Day 2023 - we raised $1030 that will go directly to support and remove burdens for Kentucky cancer patients.

Didn't get to participate?

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
Melanie, our director of community outreach, attended the Lexington Senior Center Health & Wellness screening event on May 11th with many other wonderful organizations. We appreciate opportunities to talk with folks about the importance of cancer screenings & early detection & how we can help those experiencing a cancer diagnosis.
Melanie, our director of community outreach, is pictured with some of the staff at Lake Cumberland Cancer Center at their “Meeter” Dash event on Friday, May 19th in Somerset.

We love events with our community partners!
Be sure to look for our ad in the May issue of The Lane Report! We are always happy to have the opportunity to highlight our partnership with KWCSP (Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program) and to educate the community on ways we can help.
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.

“Hats for Hope”  $25
Purchase a KCL hat with our signature logo and support our mission. *Purchase is tax deductible

All donations will be used to fund our
Patient Needs and Gas Card Program! #linkthope
We're looking for Fuel Hope partners to help us support our gas card program for cancer patients. Transportation is our #1 request for assistance. Currently we send out (100) $25 gas cards each month. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in helping us sustain this vital program, please reach out to Melanie Hunter at melanieh@kycancerlink.org.
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
On June 6th - June 10th, Paul Mitchell The School Lexington located at 3644 Boston Rd. in Lexington, will offer free haircuts, blow-dry styles and manicures to cancer patients and survivors! Call (855) 896-4247 to schedule your appointment with their Service Desk Team.
The United Breast Cancer Foundation is hosting a free event where they will be providing complimentary queen and XL Twin Tempur-Pedic mattresses to individuals affected by breast cancer. Must complete online application to be considered. Click here for more information
Cheeseburger Sliders

This is a great recipe the whole family will love. It's kid friendly and will appeal to even the pickiest eater. It serves as a delicious main course or would work great as an appetizer too. You can use substitutions and variations to suit your taste.

Healthy Potato Wedges

French fries and cheeseburgers go together like peanut butter & jelly and this healthier version is a must try. This recipe includes air fryer instructions, but you can also bake in the oven too. If you've got potatoes in your kitchen, you're ready to try this recipe using simple, fresh ingredients with tons of flavor. Serve with aioli dipping sauce for a real treat.

Truffle Aioli

Using a mayonnaise base, this super simple recipe, with just a few ingredients, takes any dish to a whole new level. It's great used as a dipping sauce for potato wedges, asparagus, or green beans or top your chicken, steak, or vegetables to add lots of delicious flavor.

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 segment features an inspiring story of a 39-year-old breast cancer survivor who recently received a wig and a lot of hope from our KCL staff.

THANK YOU to WKYT for their 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