Horses and Hope, founded in 2008 to increase breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral among Kentucky's horse industry workers and other special populations, will celebrate 15 years of existence with a special day of racing at Churchill Downs Sunday, Nov. 19. The festivities will include remarks from former Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear, the founder of the organization and current Governor Andy Beshear.
The program has hosted screenings and events honoring cancer survivors across the state in collaboration with the Horses and Hope/UofL Health Brown Cancer Center Screening Van and the Horses and Hope Pink Ford Mustang. Operated by the UofL Health–Brown Cancer Center, the Horses and Hope van launched in 2016 has screened more than 17,000 women for breast cancer. Through breast cancer race days at Kentucky racetracks, Horses and Hope has reached more than one million racing fans.
Horses and Hope has been expanded to offer cancer prevention and early detection programs along with screening and treatment referrals for many different cancers through the mobile van. Special events are held throughout the state to honor breast cancer survivors and to raise funds for Horses and Hope, including events at Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Ellis Park, the North American Championship Rodeo and others.