Kentucky Pink Connection and its link to help others

Friday morning the Lexington affiliate of Susan G. Komen handed out $300,000 in grant money to 13 groups who are working to fight breast cancer.

It is an annual event and the money handed out is that raised right here in the community.

One of the groups that received a grant helps link women diagnosed with breast cancer to vital resources when they need them most.

Stephanie Boerschinger was a nurse and single mom when she was hit with some devastating news at the age of 42.

"I had noticed I had a lump in my right breast and was concerned about it," said Stephanie Boerschinger.

Stephanie was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer.

She had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and is now taking radiation treatments.

As a single mom in the fight for her life she needed help financially and found her way to the folks at Kentucky Pink Connection.

Kentucky Pink Connection has been generous enough to help with cobra payments so I could keep my insurance going so I could pay for my treatments. They send me gas cards from time to time so I can get back and forth to the hospital,"said Boerschinger.

With the help of the Susan G. Komen foundation, Vicki Blevins started the Kentucky Pink Connection in 2008.

The goal is to link women to the resources they need.

"We really take case by case because everybody is different, so the needs of one lady may be certainly different than other ladies," said Executive Director Vicki Blevins.

The first goal is screening and prevention for the Kentucky Pink Connection.

Next its about meeting basic needs, which could mean helping find a way to pay for treatment to helping women with things like wigs, and mastectomy items that some woman may not be able to afford.

"We find the community resources already available and we link them. We connect them to resources within their community and we save our funding as the safety nest," said Blevins.

In four years KPC has helped 3,000 women and been a life saver to many including, Stephanie Boerschinger.

"Words can't even explain how grateful, I tell them everyday thank you so much."

For more information on the Kentucky Pink Connection you can call them at (877)597-4655 or (859)309-1700.

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