A Breath of Hopeful News


2020 is coming to an end, and we’re OK with that. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2021!

In this challenging year, we lost many friends to lung cancer and we grieve with our families. Despite the pandemic and thanks to your generous spirit and financial support, we continue to provide hope and services for survivors, caregivers, and families impacted by this disease. You, our faithful supporters, have touched the lives of many survivors, including Rachael and Harper below. (Photo Credit: Stephijean Photography).

Rachael was just 31 years old when she was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2017. Her initial reaction was pure shock. As a former collegiate and Olympic-level hockey player, she not only continued to exercise, but she ran several miles each day, never smoked, and ate a healthy diet.

It took Rachael 16 months to get a diagnosis after seeing several specialists for pain in her ribs and back. Rachael remembers feeling less afraid once she had an answer and she became determined to do whatever she could to beat it. At that time, she had a four-year-old daughter. The deep sadness she felt at not being there for Harper as she grew up gave Rachael the strength to undergo surgery, receive radiation to her brain and spine, and continue treating her cancer aggressively. Today, Rachael continues to take her first line of treatment, a targeted therapy, and she monitors her health very closely with her medical team.

You will be moved by Rachael’s personal comments at the Shining Bright Gala held virtually November 13th. We also took a few moments to remember loved ones lost to lung cancer. If you missed the gala, you can still WATCH the program: 2020 Shining Bright Gala Virtual Program

Thank you for supporting the lung cancer community. We hope we can count on you again this year. Your donation will ensure A Breath of Hope starts strong in 2021 as we strive to improve survival rates through cutting-edge research, improved access to screening, patient education, and supportive services that lessen the burden for those most impacted.

We invite you to support our goal of raising $50,000 by December 31st. There are three easy ways to support our mission and save lives.

  • Donate online by clicking the button below
  • Send a check to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation at: P.O. Box 387, Wayzata, MN  55391
  • Call 952-807-6111 to make a gift of stock or to discuss other giving options

Every step we take as a community and ‘family’ is a breath of hope for all who have been hurt by lung cancer. Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to fight America’s deadliest cancer.

ABOH Hosts 2021 Minnesota Screening Meeting

With our shared goal of increasing the number of Minnesotans screened for lung cancer for reduced mortalities, it is our honor to host Minnesota’s healthcare professionals virtually January 22nd, 2021.

From primary care to pulmonology to radiology to oncology and thoracic surgery, each of us can benefit from working with and learning from our peers across the state. We look forward to improving a dismal 20% five-year lung cancer survival rate by overcoming the many barriers to screening.

Meeting Itinerary:

  • 8:00 – 8:30 AM Welcome and Opening remarks – Abbie Begnaud, MD, University of Minnesota and David E. Midthun, MD, Mayo Clinic
  • 8:30 – 9:30 AM The Benefits of CT Lung Cancer Screening in ANY System; USPSTF Updated Guidelines & Evidence – Andrea McKee, MD, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, Massachusetts
  • 9:30 – 10:30 AM Lung Cancer Screening in the Urban Setting – Mary M. Pasquinelli, APRN, FNP-BC, Unversity of Illinois Health, Chicago, Illinois
  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM Lung Cancer Screening in the Rural Setting – Jed A. Gorden, MD, Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus, Seattle, Washington
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Primary Care and the Low-Dose CT Scan, plus Intro to Online Screening Course (w/CME Credit Instructions) – Celeste T. Worth, MCHES, Director, LuCa National Training Network, University of Louisville
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM Small group chat rooms on any topic related to lung cancer – 15 or less per room

Minnesota Healthcare Providers:

There is no cost to attend this meeting. Please email us for a registration link and include your title and the healthcare system you work for.

If your healthcare organization is interested in learning about meeting sponsorships, please drop us an email.

Happy Holidays from all of us at ABOH!

A year ago, I couldn’t have imagined that today we would find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic with our lives and livelihoods completely altered. In saying this, we acknowledge the many losses of 2020 – physical connections, routines, work, gathering for worship, shared meals, and the loss of loved ones that will forever change our lives. While we acknowledge and honor these hardships, we should also acknowledge the blessings and look for the silver linings this year.

At ABOHLF, through the steadfast leadership of our executive director Nancy Torrison, our staff, our volunteers, and our dedicated board of directors, we have worked hard to continue offering survivor services, funding research, and executing community events that we hope have made a difference for our families, patients, and survivors during this unprecedented time. Through your generous support, you allow us to walk with you in your lung cancer journey, and we are grateful.

On behalf of all of us at ABOHLF, we wish you happy holidays and a joyful new year!

Julie Opheim
ABOH Board of Directors Chair

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