One major challenge is the public’s lack of lung cancer awareness:
- Most lung cancer cases are found in stages III – IV.
- Approximately half of those diagnosed each year are nonsmokers at the time of diagnosis.
- Many lung cancer deaths could have been prevented by low-dose CT scans and preventative screening.
The White Ribbon Awareness Program (WRAP) partners with individuals, businesses and healthcare systems to ‘WRAP’ awareness and wellness around communities.
Through education, access to screening and culturally appropriate support groups, lives are saved. We strive to empower individuals and communities to help themselves and each other prevent lung cancer, especially in low-income communities where lung cancer is most prevalent.
A Breath of Hope Awareness Events
Our events teach the public about lung cancer, provide support to patients and their families, and raise money for life-saving research. To find out more about ABOH Awareness Events, visit the events page.
A Breath of Hope Speakers Bureau
Ambassadors are the messengers who carry important information and resources that can save lives to the public. Raising awareness about lung cancer may take place through presentations given at service clubs, faith communities, brown bag lunches at businesses or neighborhood gatherings. Awareness is the key to early detection and reduced lung cancer deaths. Every time vital information is passed to new people, we have made a step forward. If you belong to a civic group, faith community or company that would like to host an A Breath of Hope Ambassador, please contact us. If you would like to host an Ambassador after 5 p.m. there must be a minimum of 20 attendants.
ABOH Speaker Testimonial
“I volunteer as a Ambassador to honor my mom who I lost in 2012. Improved awareness, reduced societal blame, early detection and increased research is needed to save lives from the number one cancer killer. If my mom had received screening and been diagnosed properly at the start of her symptoms, she would still be here today.” – Julie Opheim