September 2023
Greetings from the Executive Director - Melissa Karrer
Hi friends,

I can't believe summer is ending and fall is almost here. I love this upcoming season so much, with the cool air and the beautiful colors. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm also looking forward to some great things coming up for KCL!

Don't forget to sign up for our 9th Annual Links to Hope Golf Scramble! It's going to be a great day at Keene Trace Golf Club - Keene Run Course on Tuesday, September 19. We still have a few team spots remaining. Check out the details below and let me know if you have any questions!

We had a lot of fun and meaningful moments with our partners and supporters last month, through screening events, partnership outreach and awareness about our mission.

We appreciate your interest and support. Thank you for being part of our community.


About us
Screening and Cancer Support Services
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!
Thank You!

Special thanks to Jimmy & Jennifer for their generous donation of $10,000 from the "Get Your Pink On" Horse Show in honor of their mother. They put on a great event in their community!

These funds will be used to support Kentuckians in need. Thank you for supporting our mission!
Out & About
Melanie attended a back-to-school event at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Louisville on Aug. 5th with Dr. Aaron Kruse-Diehr, of UK Healthcare, to help increase awareness of the importance of early detection of colon cancer by offering at-home options to eligible participants and providing education on assistance available through the KY Colon Cancer Screening & Prevention Program.
Melanie had the opportunity to hang out in downtown Lexington with our friends and partners from CHI Saint Joseph Health on Aug. 12 for the 2023 Midsummer Night's Run. We love collaborating with our partners!
Melissa attended Commerce Lexington Inc. Salute to Small Business Celebration luncheon on Aug.18. A great opportunity to network and to highlight the impactful work being done in Lexington and beyond by small businesses and nonprofits.
Thanks to the Lexington Counter Clocks for recognizing KY CancerLink as the organization of the game on Aug. 17! It was a fun night for KCL staff (pictured here: Melanie, April, and Melissa) and a beautiful evening for baseball.
On August 29-30, Melanie and Melissa attended the 39th Annual KYSHRM Conference through the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as a guest vendor to promote the mission of Kentucky CancerLink.

It was a great opportunity to meet many new people and spread the word!
Meet our Interns!

Hallie Dukate
Where are you from? I'm from Owensboro, KY.
What is your major? Clinical Leadership & Management at the University of KY. 
What are your plans after graduation? After graduating, my goal is to continue my education by pursuing a Master's in Healthcare Administration.
What do you hope to learn from your internship at KCL? I hope to learn new management skills and knowledge that will help me in my future career.
What is your favorite part of Kentucky? I love the UK gameday atmosphere!

Alyssa Dewitt
Where are you from? I was born & raised in LaGrange, KY.
What is your major? I just graduated from UofL with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health & have decided to continue my education by pursuing a Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology.  
What are your plans after graduation? After graduating with my MPH, my goal is to start building my career in the public health field and do my part to improve the health and wellbeing of Kentuckians. 
What do you hope to learn from your internship at KCL? I hope to learn about ways we can encourage cancer screenings and ways of improving access to these screenings that can positively impact someone's life.
What is your favorite part of Kentucky? I love getting to explore outdoors and meet new people. Some of my favorite spots in Kentucky include Dale Hallow Lake, Tioga Falls, and Red River Gorge. 
Meet our Board
Board Treasurer: Drew Perry

Born and raised in western Kentucky, Drew Perry is a graduate of Murray State University where he remains active as an advisor to the Cybersecurity Management program.

A senior leader in information technology and security, Drew has held positions with Ashland Chemical Company, Valvoline, and Serta Simmons Bedding.

A lifelong Kentucky resident, Drew is passionate about Kentucky CancerLink's mission to reduce barriers to screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer for all those in the Bluegrass.

He serves Kentucky CancerLink in memory of his mother and father, whose lives were impacted by cancer.

Drew lives in Lexington with his wife, Melissa, and their three children.
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.
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
Apple Cinnamon Bread

This is the time to use those delicious apples you've picked up from your local orchard or farmer's market. This recipe makes 6 mini loaves (perfect for gifting) or 2 one-pound traditional loaves.
An added bonus- the combination of cinnamon and apples will leave your house smelling heavenly.

Creamy Boursin Chicken

If you've never used Boursin cheese in recipes, I would highly suggest you try it. With a similar consistency to cream cheese, it's sometimes packed with flavorful herbs and really elevates any dish to a whole new level. With only 4 ingredients, this is a simple, but company worthy meal.

Zucchini Boats

This recipe is super versatile and so delicious no matter how you prepare it. This particular recipe involves bacon, ranch, and chicken which you can't go wrong with, but can easily become a vegetarian or vegan dish. It's keto friendly and low carb too!

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 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.

Most recently, Amber interviewed Cassie Prather, Director of Public Health in Woodford County, as she encourages women to not skip their mammograms and shares her story.

THANK YOU to WKYT for your partnership!
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