November 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:
"The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us." James E. Faust

Hi Friends,

It has certainly been a busy time of the year, as you will see below in our "out and about" section of the newsletter. So many great opportunities to get people connected with screenings, resources, and provide partners with information about our growing programs.

Link to Hope segments in our partnership with Amber Philpott - WKYT and new Link to Hope podcasts in partnership with RunSwitch Media are also live. Check them out with links below!

We have so much to be grateful for!

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.


Thank you to Strategies KYSCO Insights for featuring our Executive Director, Melissa, in their October 2022 edition to discuss the mission and impact of KCL and to share her own journey as a 10-year breast cancer survivor.

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
Our director, Melissa, and Ginger, a KCL bilingual certified patient navigator, attended the Latino Festival of Lexington, hosted at Masterson Station Park, on Saturday Oct. 2 to talk with men and women about cancer screenings.
Melanie attended the Lexington Fire Department's Fire Prevention & Wellness event on Oct. 9th at Masterson Station Park in Lexington. The weather was perfect, and it was a great opportunity to talk to the community about resources available for cancer screenings as well as resources available to help during a cancer diagnosis.
Melissa and Melanie attended "Mamm and a Movie," a breast cancer awareness event, hosted by Baptist Health Lexington at The Kentucky Theatre in downtown Lexington. The event included a live Q&A session featuring Baptist experts and a complimentary movie- A League of Their Own. Special thanks to Baptist Health Lexington for featuring Kentucky CancerLink on the Kentucky Theatre marquee.
Melanie attended Calvert City's Pink Night; a breast cancer awareness event designed to pay tribute to those affected by a cancer diagnosis. The event was held at the Calvert City Memorial Park on Friday, Oct. 14. Pictured with Melanie, in the photo above, is Carol Capps, a 20-year breast cancer survivor who organized the event several years ago as a way to give back. Proceeds from the event will be donated to KCL to help further our mission of being a link to hope to Kentuckians in need of screenings and/or support.
Melissa attended CHI Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation's 7th annual Yes Ma'am! Yes Cerv! 5K Saturday morning on Oct. 15 at RJ Corman in Nicholasville. Proceeds from the event will help provide free mammography, cervical cancer screenings, diagnostic services, and program support to uninsured and underinsured patients statewide.
Melanie attended the Go Pink! Women's Wellness event in Morehead on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Hosted by St. Claire HealthCare, in collaboration with UK HealthCare, the event featured a live Q & A session with healthcare professionals and free health screenings and educational resources.
Melissa and Melanie attended the 7th Annual KYACHW Conference on October 27th and 28th at the Embassy Suites in Lexington. It was a great event full of information and networking with a great group of Community Health Workers.
Melanie & Gabby, one of KCL's bilingual patient navigators, attended a community event at My Church/Mi Iglesia in Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 29. The event featured free health screenings and educational resources. They were able to navigate many community members to much needed free screenings and other supportive resources.
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

Over 250,000 Americans must travel each year to receive cancer care, and this need is growing rapidly. Travel to Hope offers hope to cancer patients by helping them afford to travel for the life-sustaining care they need. They also provide resources for lodging, and other financial needs.

Founded in 2005 by six Louisville cancer survivors, Gilda’s Club Louisville opened its red doors 15 years ago, becoming the first cancer support community of its kind in the area with the unique mission of ensuring those affected by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

“Living with cancer is not a choice, how you live with it is.” At Gilda’s Club, we strive to be the support you and your loved ones need to get through a cancer diagnosis. We offer a supportive community and a variety of programming to assist you, your loved ones or any members of your circle who are struggling. We believe life is meant to be lived even when cancer is a part of it.

Friendsgiving Casserole

This is a delicious dish from Magnolia Table's Joanna Gaines that is sure to become a tradition. "Friendsgiving" typically involves a casual night filled with great friends and great conversation. This dish features shredded chicken with pieces of a crispy baguette layered in a rich cream sauce.

Banana Bread Pudding

I recently enjoyed a version of banana bread pudding at a local restaurant, and it was to die for! Warm, gooey, and packed with banana bread flavor this delicious dish is easy to put together and perfect for brunch or a sweet treat.

Baked Brie with Cranberries & Bourbon Pecans

This baked brie recipe with cranberry sauce and bourbon candied pecans will be your new favorite recipe for entertaining. It's easy to make and delicious. The perfect starter for holiday gatherings.

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 stories raise awareness of breast cancer incidence and highlight the importance of screening mammograms.

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. 

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Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: 859-309-1700
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