The Kentucky Pink Connection non-profit was established in 2008 by Vicki Blevins Booth, a previous mastectomy boutique owner and passionate advocate for women. Since 2008, KY Pink Connection (KPC) has served over 3,000 women. KPC connects people to resources they need in order to receive breast screening or complete their breast cancer treatment. Due to increased demand in services, Kentucky Pink Connection is in need of additional funding, as its main source of funding is from grants and donations.
Therefore, Kentucky Pink Connection has created its own fundraising event called, “Hot Seat for Hope.” “We certainly hope you will join us in honoring Dr. Rice Leach, an icon in Public Health, as well as contributing to our organization. The funds raised will help more women and men in Kentucky who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or who need breast screening.” –Vicki Blevins Booth, Executive Director.
“The Hot Seat for Hope fundraiser will be a Kentucky Pink Connection annual signature event – a way to honor a Kentucky Hero, and at the same time, a way to get the message out to more people about what we do and how we can help,” says Tami Kelder, Program Director for KY Pink Connection.
Rice C. Leach was born in Lexington, Kentucky and grew up there and in Louisville. He attended Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts and received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky in 1966. He did his rotating internship as an officer of the United States Public Health Service and remained on active duty until 1993. During his Public Health Service career he was medical director of hospital staffs, hospital commander, communityhealth physician, director of a multi-state program in the Indian Health Service and served as chief of staff to the Surgeon General. He has had international health experience in Guatemala, Bolivia, and Panama and was a consultant to Guam Memorial Hospital. He served as Kentucky’s Commissioner of Public Health from 1992 until 2004 during which time he worked to implement several public health initiatives ordered by the Kentucky General Assembly. He chaired the Attorney General’s Task Force on Controlled Substance Abuse and participated in emergency responses and environmental clean up activities. From 2004 until 2010 he was medical director and executive director of the primary care center at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. He was professor and preventive residency program associate director at the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health, Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health until he became commissioner of health for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department in March 2011.
He obtained his Master of Health Services Administration degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, is certified by American Board of Preventive Medicine, and a fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. He has received numerous awards and has served on several state, local, and national committees during his career.
He and his wife Mireille, whom he met in Guatemala, live in Frankfort, Kentucky.