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Lexington area programs receive $360,000 to fight breast cancer

The Lexington Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded more than $360,000 to nine area programs for breast cancer screening, treatment, education and patient navigation.

Additionally, more than $100,000 raised locally went to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure National Grants Program to fund research.

The grants went to: Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, The Kentucky Pink Connection, Central Baptist Hospital, St. Joseph Breast Center, King's Daughters Medical Center, Mountain Comprehensive Health Corp., Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Dayspring Family Health Center and North Central Area Health Education Center.

The breast cancer-specific projects that were selected for funding were among those determined to have the greatest impact on underserved women in a 58-county service area that covers Central and Eastern Kentucky.

Want to Race for the Cure? Check out information about the Oct. 15 fund-raiser at Komenlexington.org

Bike rides set for East End kids

Three bike events are planned for the summer to encourage healthy lifestyles for East End youth.

The Williams Wells Brown Neighborhood Association received two grants this spring to fund the events, which will focus on bike safety, healthy eating, and developing and fostering community relationships. The Urban County Council also contributed Neighborhood Development Funds.

The first two events will provide bike safety education and healthy snacks. At the final event, children will bike on a section of the Legacy Trail. Children are encouraged to bring their bicycles and helmets, but bicycles and helmets will be available for those who don't have them.

Sherry Maddock, the East End liaison at the Bluegrass Community Foundation and member of the Williams Well Brown Neighborhood Association, hopes the events will rouse interest in the Isaac Murphy Bike Club, which is seeking donations and hopes to begin activities in September.

Maddock said the club "will link inner-city kids to Lexington's Legacy Trail by providing them with bikes and equipment, education and training, mentors and healthy eating guidelines."

Events are scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 21 and July 19 at the Charles Young Center, 540 East Third Street, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 2 at the North YMCA pavilion/Legacy Trail, 381 West Loudon Avenue.

For information, contact Maddock at smaddock@bgcf.org or (859) 225-3343 or Steve Austin at saustin@bgcf.org. Find out more about the Isaac Murphy Bike Club on Facebook.

Radio seeking volunteers

Central Kentucky Radio Eye, a radio reading service for visually and physically disabled people in Kentucky, will hold a volunteer orientation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday and 1 to 2 p.m. June 24.

Radio Eye is a 24-hour radio reading service with studios in the Northside Branch of the Lexington Public Library. With the help of volunteers, Radio Eye broadcasts the reading of newspapers, magazines and other printed news and information for blind and print-disabled individuals who tune into the service on special Radio Eye radios, which are free.

Radio Eye is recruiting volunteer readers, control board operators and office help. If you are interested in learning about volunteer opportunities with Radio Eye, call Alanna at (859) 422-6390 to request a volunteer application form and sign up to attend orientation.

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