May 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,

May is a wonderful month for me. I have so many reasons to celebrate this month. My eldest son is turning 18 and graduating from high school. My youngest son is finishing the 8th grade. My husband and I are marking 24 years of marriage. I'm looking forward to all these events.

Our organization is also busy with many activities and opportunities for you to join us and be a link to hope and support our mission.

We are taking part in Kentucky Gives Day on Tuesday, May 9 - follow us on social media for more details. How about being a partner for a matching gift donation?

We are also trying to get partners to Fuel Hope and raise money for our program that gives fuel cards to cancer patients to help them get to their treatments. This is the most requested assistance we get and we consistently send out 100 $25 gas cards every month. We need your help to sustain this program.

We are also looking for sponsors for our amazing Links to Hope Golf Scramble that will happen later this year.

We can support Kentucky cancer patients because of the kindness of others. I'm always ready to answer any questions you have about our mission and how you can get involved. You can reach me at

We want to keep serving as many people as we can. Thanks for being with us... #linktohope


On Tuesday, May 9, show your support for Kentucky CancerLink by donating to our mission to help us support Kentuckians in need of potential life-saving cancer screenings or those experiencing a cancer diagnosis. Feel free to use #KYGives23 in your social media posts too. Over the last few months, we've received a substantial number of referrals for transportation assistance, and the need has never been greater. A little adds up a lot and no amount is too small. Let's show KY how generous we are! Thank you for your support.
Save the Date!
Out & About
Our program assistant, Syrena, and our director of community outreach, Melanie, were guests on the morning show on Fox 56 and had the chance to promote the KCL charity tennis & pickleball event the week prior to the event. Thanks to Fox 56 for the opportunity!
Our Link to Hope charity tennis & pickleball event was held on Friday, April 14 at the Lexington Tennis Club. Beginners, along with seasoned players, came together to support the mission of KCL! Thanks to everyone who joined us for this fun night. We raised over $3,000!
KCL staff enjoyed a fun team building lunch last month together at Goodwood Lexington. It was a great opportunity to spend some time together to foster an atmosphere of innovation, communication, and trust.
Melanie served as a guest speaker recently at the Pink Sisters breast cancer support group meeting on Thursday, Apr. 28th at the Woodford County Public Library in Versailles. We love sharing what we do and how we can help our communities. Reach out to us if you'd like us to share with your group.

Our director of community outreach, Melanie, attended Mt. Nebo Baptist Church's wellness fair in Louisville on Sat. Apr. 29th for a fun opportunity to fellowship and engage in important conversations with participants regarding cancer screenings and also the work that KCL is doing in communities across the Commonwealth.

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: 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
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
Kentucky Hot Brown Dip

This delicious appetizer is a fun twist on the classic Kentucky Hot Brown sandwich made famous in the 1920's at the legendary Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville. This ooey, gooey cheesy dip is quick and easy to mix up and served in a bread bowl.

Non-Alcoholic Mint Julep

This is a refreshing recipe the whole family can enjoy. Using lemonade and ginger ale as two of the main ingredients, it's a delicious way to quench your thirst on the first Saturday in May. Serve in a chilled julep cup or a KY Derby glass with a sprig of mint and enjoy!

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

These delicious bourbon chocolate pecan pie bars are similar to the classic Kentucky Derby Pie that is a derby day must-have. These bars are packed with flavorful brown sugar, vanilla, pecans, & chocolate. Serve warm, right out the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and prepare to be impressed.

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 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 cancer survivor and his journey to help bring awareness to fertility preservation for those impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

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