Each year, the American Cancer Society recognizes the talents and achievements of professionals in the greater Lexington area who have distinguished themselves in our community. Each individual is involved in community outreach in the greater Lexington area and/or an American Cancer Society advocate. They are highly dedicated to our community, wellness education and quality of life to those we assist. Not only are these individuals making a difference in our community, they are among the top in their respective fields in education, experience, community service and commitment to a high level of healthcare. Furthermore, they display a high level of professional experience and personal commitment to fight cancer.
Dr. Patton Thompson
Dr. Patton Thompson is a 2017 American Cancer Society Beau because of the work and passion he has for making a difference in early detection and increasing survival rates for lung cancer patients. He received his undergraduate degree from Transylvania University and his medical degree from the University of Louisville. Dr. Thompson is an interventional pulmonologist at Baptist Health Lexington. He recognized low-dose CT lung cancer screening provided challenges for access and follow-up, which could be applied to anyone with a concerning lung nodule. As a result, his vision is to create an expedited process for finding, diagnosing, treating, and distributing lung cancer patients at the earliest possible stage. He championed the idea, conception and development of the new BHLex Lung Nodule Clinic.
Jason Taylor is a 2017 American Cancer Society Beau for dedicating his life's work and volunteer efforts to cancer patients. He was nominated by his peers at the UK Markey Cancer Center due to his outstanding care, compassion, and dedication to the profession. He is a registered nurse in Hematology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation at the UK Markey Cancer Center and will have his BSN by the time of the ACS Gala. He currently volunteers at the Hope Lodge Lexington, is a member of the ANA, KNA, and Bluegrass Oncology Nursing Society.
Dr. Ralph Alvarado
Dr. Ralph Alvarado is a 2017 American Cancer Society Beau because he is a physician and Kentucky State Senator working across party lines to get work done to improve the health of the people of our state, particularly when it comes to tobacco use. In the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly, Dr. Alvarado championed Senate Bill 78 which would prohibit the use of tobacco products by students, school personnel, and visitors in schools, school vehicles, properties, and activities, allowing schools one year to adopt, implement, and enforce the policy. His bill passed the Kentucky Senate but died in the House; however, he is committed to filing it again in the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly. He is committed to cutting youth tobacco use and is not afraid to work across party lines to achieve his goal of improving the health of Kentuckians.
Charity Ford is a 2017 American Cancer Society Belle because of the hours and hours of volunteer work she puts into her "Bags of Sunshine" project. Her passion for baking became more than a hobby when she left her job at St. Joseph Hospital to pursue a baking career in 2010 and became the owner of Cookies by Charity. But everything was put on hold in December 2014 when she was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive breast cancer. While under the care of Dr. Jessica Croley at St. Joseph East's Oncology Department, Charity received a gift basket comprised of a variety of items all in the color of yellow and designed with the purpose of brightening her day. Charity was inspired to pay it forward and initiated the "Bags of Sunshine" project in July 2015. She has since delivered over 1000 bags to KentuckyOne Health Saint Joseph Hospital Oncology offices, Hope Lodge Lexington residents receiving treatment, and residents at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass. It is her hope that this project can continue to grow and procure donations so that she may deliver bags to more oncology centers in the region, thereby spreading sunshine to as many cancer patients as possible!
Eleanor Broaddus is a 2017 American Cancer Society Belle not only because of her sheer dedication to the many local ACS events you'll find her leading, but because she is passionate about women's care and particularly women's breast health. She is a registered nurse of 37 years and started at the Lexington Clinic's Center For Breast Care as the Breast Care Coordinator 11+ years ago after being in women's care for numerous years. At the clinic, she is a patient advocate, has started two support groups, and is a certified Navigator per three organizations - EduCare, National Consortium of Breast Centers, and the George Washington Cancer Institute. You will find Eleanor volunteering locally at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - Lexington KY, Relay For Life of Fayette County, KY, at the Hope Lodge Lexington, and serving on committees that benefit each of these local American Cancer Society events and entities. She also volunteers with Susan G. Komen and the Kentucky Cancer Link. You'll see Eleanor out and about in the community visiting ladies' groups to get the word out about how important it is to take care of our breast health.
Jennifer Mynear is a 2017 American Cancer Society Belle because of her dedication and passion to continuing "Jarrett's Joy Cart" in honor and memory of her son, Jarrett, and expanding its' mission at the University of Kentucky. Her son, Jarrett, battled cancer from age 2.5 - 13.5 when he succumbed to the disease. Before his passing, he started Jarrett's Joy Cart with its signature event being weekly visits to patients at the Kentucky Children's Hospital, giving out toys and gifts to show the kids that someone they may not even know cared about them. Jennifer, her husband, a host of volunteers continued the tradition and have helped raise over $450,000 to renovate the Pediatric Oncology Clinic through the Jarrett Mynear Fund for Pediatric Oncology. Following the support for this effort, Jennifer partnered with Susannah Denomme to introduce the concept that, 13 years ago, became DanceBlue to the University of Kentucky Student Body. She continues to work with the student leadership in a volunteer advisory role and is a member of the Kentucky Children's Hospital Development Council.
For more than a 100 years, The American Cancer Society has been leading the fight to end cancer. With your support, we have helped usher in an era where more people survive cancer than ever before. By translating our research findings into action, we've seen a 20% decline in US cancer death rates since the early 1990s. Join us to help finish the fight.
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