Tona Vives Lung Cancer Awareness Fund

…in loving memory of Ricky Rubio’s mother  Image result for bandera española icono  Ver la Página en Español



A few words from Ricky:
“My mother taught me to never give up in life, to always smile against adversity and to enjoy and appreciate the gift of life. I remember that even when she was suffering, she wanted to live longer to be able to see her children and grandchildren grow up and be by our side to help us.”
   — Read Ricky’s full testimony

2017 RESEARCH ANNOUNCEMENT! Focused on the topic of understanding lung cancer in women, A Breath of Hope is now accepting applications for the $150,000 Tona Vives Research Award! To confirm your eligibility to apply for this funding, click now. Once eligibility is confirmed, applicants will receive a link to the online application. The deadline to submit an application is February 1, 2018.

One year ago, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation began partnering with NBA Star Ricky Rubio. Ricky had recently lost his mother, Tona, to lung cancer at the age of 56. Tona was a healthy, active nonsmoker and her diagnosis came as as shock to all who knew her, especially her husband and children. Like so many of us in this field, it quickly became apparent to the family that this field does not receive the recognition or funding it needs and deserves. Once they learned that less than 18% survive five years past the diagnosis, they decided to fight back.

Ricky has used his star power and connections to spread awareness about lung cancer across the world. He also created a fundraising page for this research grant and drew in more than $60,000 in donations. For this, A Breath of Hope is grateful and has named this research award in loving memory of Ricky’s mom, Tona Vives.

To donate to Ricky’s research fundraiser, click here.

The Tona Vives Lung Cancer Awareness Fund

Ricky Rubio, from well-loved Minnesota Timberwolves player to Utah Jazz star, teamed up with A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation in 2016 to fight the disease that claimed his mom’s life at the young age of 56. Tona Vives was Ricky’s biggest fan and could often be found cheering him on from the stands at his basketball games. Her diagnosis and eventual passing came as a shock to the family and all who knew her. She was a nonsmoker and lived a healthy lifestyle. Like so many people today, the family didn’t know that lung cancer is indiscriminate – all you need to get lung cancer is lungs.

Losing Tona in the prime of her life left a painful hole in Ricky’s life, yet his greatest desire is to convert that pain to help other families avoid the sadness his family has endured.

The Tona Vives Lung Cancer Awareness Fund allows the public an opportunity to make donations in honor of Ricky’s mother, while helping A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation fight lung cancer.

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4 replies
  1. Sue slininger
    Sue slininger says:

    God bless you Ricky your mom raised the most amazing son on and off the court continue to be that son your mom is so proud of.


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