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From Patient to Survivor: UK freshman inspired to be part of 2016 DanceBlue marathon

DanceBlue has a profound impact on the children treated in the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Not only does money raised through DanceBlue benefit the Golden Matrix Fund and in turn the clinic, but student participants actively shape the treatment experience of the patients. R.J. Hijalda, University of Kentucky freshman, will be dancing in DanceBlue 2016...

Expressions of Courage Gala celebrates and benefits Markey cancer survivors and artists

  The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center will host a special gala on Saturday, Feb. 7, to support its second annual Expressions of Courage exhibit this summer.   Markey’s Expressions of Courage exhibit is a yearly art showcase featuring original, artistic expressions connected in some way to an experience with a cancer diagnosis, or crafted by or in memory of a Markey patient...

2013 Review: A salute to our faithful, interesting stable of regular columnists

KyForward is celebrating its third end-of-year review with you, happy that we can revisit an abundance of rich, deep content by writers who share their experiences and expertise on a regular basis. These fine writers have helped us accomplish one of our primary goals when KyForward was created – to provide a forum for a variety of voices on a wide and deep range of subjects that inform and entertain...

Kevin Murphy: Reach out to those in need, give support for courage, strength to prevail

I work in a law firm that has its main office in Cincinnati and a satellite office in Kentucky. We are small here in number, and as a result, we get to know our co-workers on a personal level.   It is a shame how little time we spend getting to know each other at the workplace generally. Yes, there is gossip, but I’m not talking about that nasty stuff. I am talking about sharing in each...

Program Building: Balancing Stress and Recovery

Robert Parks Johnson is a two time Marathoner and cancer survivor who began blogging in 2010 after his diagnosis.  His blog Fat Man Running chronicles his journey in overcoming cancer and obesity. Bob is actively involved with the Lexington YMCA and helps to raise money for the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. Building a training program is about balancing stress and recovery. Allow me to over-simplify...

Susan G. Komen Race Entry GIVEAWAY!

Whose life are you running for? Participate in the 17th Annual Susan G. Komen Lexington Race for the Cure® on October 5th in Downtown Lexington and show everyone whose life you are running for. Are you running for your mother, your sister, a co-worker, a friend? Are you running for your own life? Or are you running for the future? No matter whose life you are running for, now is the time to get involved...

Running for a Cause: Robert Parks Johnson’s Story

Bob at this year’s Run the Bluegrass half marathon “Survivor.” It’s what they call you when you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, but it hasn’t killed you yet. It’s a title you’ll carry with you, for better or for worse, for the rest of your life. I became a cancer survivor in the recovery room at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lexington on April 16, 2010. That’s the day they slid my...