Fayette County: Walk with Sidney on Saturday

March 20, 2013 

PAL election victor Bryce Turner, 12, center, won the Lexington PAL (Police Athletic/Activities League) mentoring program's TeachAChild 2Vote election. Debora L. Lawson, PAL mentoring coordinator, taught the students about government, and PAL mentors and their students registered to vote in a mock voting lesson plan that helped familiarize students with voting. In the weeks before the election, students chose their candidates. Bryce, the son of Erica Turner of Lexington, won with the slogan, "I'm Bryce Turner and we gonna turn things around." He is pictured above with Lexington police Chief Ron Bastin, left, and Truman Marshall, Bryce's PAL mentor.

The Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky will host its ninth annual Walk with Sidney on Saturday inside Fayette Mall. Check-in and late registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the 2K fun walk through the mall will begin at 9 a.m. Walkers will be led by KHAKY's mascot, Sidney the Kidney. Online registration is available at Khaky.org. Free kidney health screenings will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon.

Dine for Radio Eye When you dine at Heirloom Restaurant, 125 Main Street, Midway, on Thursday, a percentage of the profits will go to Central Kentucky Radio Eye. Reservations are recommended by calling (859) 846-5565 or online at Heirloommidway.com.

Heirloom offers lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., wine tastings and a bar menu from 3 to 5 p.m., and dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Radio Eye is a radio reading service for those who are unable to access the printed word. Listeners can access 24/7 broadcasts on special pre-tuned Radio Eye radios or at RadioEye.org.

Check for colon cancer

A Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program grant will allow the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to partner with Kentucky Pink Connection to provide colon cancer screening for eligible, low-income, uninsured Fayette county residents.

To be eligible for screening, individuals must be ages 50-64 (age 45 for blacks), or under age 50 if certain risk factors are present. They must be U.S. citizens or legal immigrants and Kentucky residents.

Patient navigators will interview potential participants to determine eligibility and arrange screenings (limited funding is available for participants requiring colonoscopies).

Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in Kentucky. Screening is important because the cancer usually has no symptoms in its early stages, when it is easiest to treat. People age 50 or older should be screened regularly.

For more information about the program or to schedule a screening, call Kentucky Pink Connection at (859) 309-1700.

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