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Volunteer of the Month: David Flannery

volunteer-david-flanneryDavid Flannery joined the A Breath of Hope Ambassador Program as a volunteer driver in December 2015. The Ambassador Program utilizes trained volunteers to provide rides, companionship and hope to lung cancer patients who face lung cancer alone or without the support they need.

Lung cancer patients that David has provided rides for describe him as a kind, compassionate and caring person. He is a very committed, conscientious volunteer who responds timely to patient requests and follows protocol to the letter. David selflessly thanks ABOHLF for allowing him to serve as a volunteer driver, although the pleasure is ours!

David knows the hardship a diagnosis can cause because he has experienced lung cancer in his family and is a survivor himself. David said, “I do this driving because I can and because, from my own experiences with doctors, therapies and illness, I know that every assist, no matter how small, is important and is one less thing a person has to worry about and focus on. Once I started driving, I discovered how much I enjoyed meeting new people and seeing how courageous, kind and interesting people can be even as they work through really hard things. I will continue to drive when I’m needed because it’s been very satisfying.”

Thank you, David, for generously serving lung cancer patients and their family members. You make a difference in people’s lives and at A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation.

Volunteer of the Month – Tim Gormley

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Tim Gormley is a selfless, reliable volunteer who is more than willing to take on big projects.

When the foundation was in dire need of someone to drive the supply truck to the 10th Anniversary A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk Twin Cities, Tim rescheduled his personal priorities and offered to help. He picked up the supply truck, loaded and unloaded many boxes and bins numerous times, and drove the truck for three days – to and from early check-in, the 5k event and the ABOHLF office.

Tim gives back in loving memory of his dear friend Brad who passed away from lung cancer this past spring.

Thank you, Tim for all you do! We are simply amazed by your kindness and generosity.

Volunteer of the Month – Jody Eifert

jody-eifert-volunteerJody Eifert is the Lung Cancer Care Coordinator and Nurse Navigator at Abbott Hospital in Minneapolis. She lovingly cares for her lung cancer patients and never stops looking for ways to improve their journey.

Two years ago, Jody noticed that some of her patients struggled to get to their medical appointments and treatments. They either lacked a means of transportation or someone to drive them.

The A Breath of Hope Ambassador Program had recently been added to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation’s programming and Jody was able to find a grant to help pilot this new program at Abbott Hospital.

The Ambassador Program uses carefully screened and trained volunteers who have experienced lung cancer in some capacity to drive patients to and from their appointments, or offer encouragement and companionship. Jody was influential in piloting the Ambassador Program and continues to refer lung cancer patients to A Breath of Hope where they are matched with caring volunteers.

In 2015, Jody joined the A Breath of Hope Board of Directors where she brings a unique patient advocacy perspective to the board.

In addition to those large commitments, Jody is a lead volunteer at the A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walks in Chicago and the Twin Cities.

Jody generously gives her time to advance A Breath of Hope’s patient support and awareness programs and we are so grateful.

Thank you for all you do, Jody!

Volunteer of the Month — Rachel Carlson

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Rachel Carlson is a selfless, dedicated volunteer who is always willing to assist and tackles large projects with determination. Rachel is the Event Co-Chair for the annual Women’s Wellness Tea each spring, a lead volunteer for the annual Twin Cities Lung Run/Walk, a lead volunteer for the first ever Chicago Lung Run/Walk, as well as the organizer for the annual Shine A Light on Lung Cancer Vigil.

Rachel gives back to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation because she personally experienced the lack of public awareness and research funding while her mom battled her own lung cancer journey.

Rachel is an ultrasound technologist at CDI, a screening company and sponsor of A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation events, and advocates for preventative screening. You can see Rachel in CDI’s video on preventative lung cancer screening.

Thank you, Rachel. You are making a difference in the lives of those battling lung cancer.