September 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:
"September tries its best to have us forget summer" - Bernard Williams

Hi Friends,

I can't even express how fast August went by, I know many of you feel the same. With kids getting back into school, PTSA and Marching Band booster meetings starting back up these last few weeks have been a blur. September is here but I sure don't want to forget about summer!

Our KCL team is hard at work serving Kentuckians that need cancer screenings and cannot afford them or helping those on a cancer journey receive the support that they need to be successful with treatment.

Read ahead to learn more about how you can get involved in our upcoming Links to Hope Golf Scramble at Keene Trace Golf Club, meet a board member, and see how we've collaborated with several partners for fundraising and outreach/education about KCL programs.

As we continue into September, please remember our fellow Kentuckians managing devastating conditions as they work to rebuild.

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.


Melissa Karrer
Board Member Spotlight - Sally Rober
Sally joined our board in 2019 with the hopes of helping the cancer community in Kentucky in any way possible.

Sally was diagnosed in 2018 with breast cancer and found, not only, great physician care here in Central Kentucky but local support from Kentucky CancerLink as well.

“The support from this organization helped me mentally, physically, and even spiritually. I knew that when I healed I wanted to be part of the healing for those that needed this kind of support.
Kentucky Cancer Link is a growing organization that welcomes all walks of life to be supported in their cancer journey. Innovative ways of navigating prevention and treatment is the primary focus. What a privilege it is for me to be a part of this developing organization. It feels good to give back.”

Sally stays healthy with tennis and pickleball. She and her husband Paul have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. They look forward to traveling in an RV once Paul retires.
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
Syrena, KCL's Program Assistant, attended a cut flower workshop on August 11th at Daycrest Farm in Garrard county to benefit KCL. The fundraiser was organized by one of our amazing partners, Blue Grass Energy.

The weather was lovely and to make the evening more memorable, participants were able to watch the super moon rise above the sunflowers. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Melanie attended the Midsummer Night's Run in downtown Lexington on August 13, in collaboration with the team at CHI Saint Joseph Healthcare Lexington, one of our fabulous partners.

It was a great opportunity to educate the community on the importance of early detection & offer at-home colon cancer screening kits as well.
Melanie teamed up with staff from Harrison Memorial Hospital and KCP East to provide at-home colon cancer screening kits to employees at Bullard in Cynthiana on August 24.

We were able to provide kits to 16 individuals who have never been screened and/or who were past due for screening.
Melissa & Melanie joined Kristen Kennedy at WKYT for the morning show on August 29th to talk about our upcoming Links to Hope golf scramble.

Check out the link below to view the segment.

Melanie and Melissa joined a Saint Elizabeth HealthCare Occupational Therapist/ Lymphedema Therapist for a presentation about lymphedema and assistance with compression garments for Kentucky residents.

Thank you for the invitation to speak to your group! We love our northern Kentucky partners!

Want us to speak to your survivor groups? Reach out to us.
Meet our Interns!
Conner Moore is a senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in Clinical Leadership & Management and minoring in Political Science. Connor aspires to one day work in a position related to health law, policy, and politics.

Originally from a small town in Southern Indiana, Connor now calls Louisville and Lexington home. He loves to visit local restaurants and spends his free time enjoying anything outdoors.

Connor loves traveling, hiking, sightseeing, and skiing. Connor also loves to read & enjoy a good book, loves to watch movies, and learn about new things.

Connor will be with KCL through the Fall semester.
Sarah Martin is a senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in Clinical Leadership & Management, with plans to get a master's degree in healthcare administration after graduation.

Sarah wants to become a hospital administrator after she finishes her education. Most of all she just wants to be happy in whatever future career she finds herself in.

Sarah is a native Lexington resident and takes great pleasure in the fact that all of her friends and family are so close by. She also loves all the amazing food options the city has to offer! Sarah enjoys spending her free time exploring photography and cooking.

Sarah will be staying with KCL throughout her Fall semester.
Papaya Facial Mask

1 tbsp fresh papaya (eat the rest or make a bigger batch and refrigerate)
1 tsp raw honey

Mix the ingredients together and apply to face. Rinse off after 15-30 minutes. Follow up with your favorite serum and moisturizer. 
Upcoming Events!
Contact Melanie Hunter,
Sponsor a Hole Sign - $200!

This is a great opportunity to promote your business and also for family and friends to honor a loved one affected by cancer in celebration or in memory.

This gives our golf scramble a special touch to remember why we do what we do.

Deadline for logos and pictures is 9/6/2022. Contact Melanie Hunter at 859.309.1700 or email for details.
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

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

This recipe is light, healthy, and brimming with lots of heart-healthy veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth- it's pure comfort in a bowl!

Golden Milk

Golden milk is a delicious healing drink made with anti-inflammatory turmeric and other warming spices. Perfect before bed or anytime you want a healthy drink that’s caffeine-free. Vegan and paleo.

Apple Cider Donut Cake

One of my favorite things about September is fresh apple cider and apple cider donuts from the orchard. This apple cider donut cake tastes just like the cake version of these delicious donuts. You're in for a real treat with this recipe.

Link to Hope Podcast
Until there is a cure for cancer 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.

Suggestions for what you'd like to hear? Contact Melanie Hunter at to share your ideas!
You can also listen to Link 2 Hope 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 features a discussion about genetic counseling.

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
Toll-Free: 877-597-4655
Fax: 859-368-8418