Celebrating Heroes in our community

Published 05-29-2012 8:19 AM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  


On May 17, UK HealthCare proudly partnered with the Bluegrass Chapter of the American Red Cross to present its 2012 Heroes Campaign Celebration recognizing individuals doing extraordinary things to improve lives in our community. We had the opportunity to nominate an individual for Hero of the Year and were thrilled when Terry Burkhart, CEO of the Bluegrass Chapter, announced Vicki Blevins had won.

Vicki is a hero every day. She is a tireless advocate, a fighter, a hug and an encourager to countless women across Kentucky who face a diagnosis of breast cancer. She is often the only one standing with these women and that's what makes her service so valuable. She has provided resources, services and support to 3,000 women throughout the Commonwealth since founding Kentucky Pink Connection in 2008.

UK HealthCare and UK Markey Cancer Center have been privileged to work with Vicki and her Kentucky Pink Connection in recognizing and celebrating breast cancer survivors with the Lexington Legends at their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night. It is an honor to call her and her organization partners in our ongoing efforts to support cancer patients.

UK HealthCare applauds Vicki, each of this year's remarkable hero nominees and the Red Cross for their tremendous ongoing humanitarian efforts. Like the Red Cross, UK HealthCare continuously strives to be the neighbor you can always depend on in times of crisis-not just in our community, but throughout Kentucky and beyond.


Vicki Blevins accepting her award from the American Red Cross

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