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Events – Oct 2016

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Construction on % Schedule at Shriners Hospital for Children-Lexington

LEXINGTON Construction on the new medical center for Shriners Hospitals for Children-Lexington continues to be on schedule. The pedestrian pedway connecting the new hospital to the parking garage of the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital is complete. Additionally, the dichroic glass on the outside of the building is being installed. Modern day dichroic (meaning two-colored) glass is available as a result of research conducted by NASA and contractors to protect the astronauts and equipment from harmful rays while in space. Its reflective appearance gives the impression that the glass is changing colors and provides a soothing effect.

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Lexington officials expect to begin treating patients at the new facility in April 2017.


OWENSBORO On a warm Friday night, September 23rd, PizzAroma in Owensboro, Ky., sponsored the tribute band Hotel California, Salute to the Eagles in an outdoor concert to benefit Kentucky CancerLink. PizzAroma owners, Bob and Mary Ann Leucht, along with staff and many volunteers, hosted and catered to approximately 250 people in the community while raising funding for Kentucky cancer patients.

Founded in 2008, Kentucky CancerLink (KCL), is a 5013c not-for-profit, whose mission is to provide support to Kentuckians by reducing and/or eliminating barriers to screening, diagnosis, and treatment for all cancers. KCL serves the uninsured, underinsured, or newly insured Kentuckians whose household income is at or below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level guidelines. Many of the newly insured have obtained insurance through expanded Medicaid, and they have little or no experience with medical facilities, their programs, and procedures.


Hope Scarves Raises Funds for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research

LOUISVILLE The fifth annual Colors of Courage, in honor of individuals affected by cancer and the community connected through Hope Scarves, was Friday, October 7, 2016 at the estate of Natalie and Reise Officer on La Grange Road in Anchorage, Ky More than 500 people attended.

Live entertainment was provided by Porch Possums with a special guest appearance by Linkin’ Bridge, recent finalists on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

The mission of Hope Scarves is to share scarves, stories, and hope with women facing cancer. When Founder Lara MacGregor was diagnosed with breast cancer, an acquaintance passed on the scarves she had worn in her cancer battle with an inspirational message that sparked the idea for MacGregor to pay it forward. Proceeds raised at Colors of Courage benefit Hope Scarves and provide funding for metastic cancer research.

Hope Scarves provides resources in three ways:

Patients, families or friends – those facing a cancer diagnosis who will lose their hair or just need support, can request a scarf, free of charge. Scarves come packaged with a cancer survivor’s story and tying instructions.
For hospitals and physicians’ offices – facilities can purchase scarf packages to distribute at the point of treatment so patients don’t have to seek them out themselves. The scarves are branded and customized with the hospital or facility logo and are available in quantities as small as 10. Promotional kits are also available for physician waiting rooms.
For survivors – cancer centers implementing survivorship programs can partner with Hope Scarves to collect scarves and stories to help survivors process, reflect on, and share their experiences.

For more information about the program or to request a scarf, visit or call 502.333.9715.