I want to start by humbly thanking all who have attended, supported, or volunteered at an A Breath of Hope (ABOH) event. There are so many ways to get involved here and we sincerely hope that whatever way you choose to engage with ABOH’s mission to beat lung cancer, your experience is a positive one.
Despite the pandemic and ongoing unrest in our hometown of Minneapolis, ABOH has thrived and 2021 was a good year. With well over 1000 people at our signature Lung Run/Walk Twin Cities and nearly 200 people at the gala during Lung Cancer Awareness Month, our events did fine, and our year-end revenue and cash balances are strong as we move into 2022. Expect new research awards, expanded family support services, additions to the popular online lung cancer patient resource – youandlungcancer.com – and a few other initiatives to support our shared goals in the year ahead.
I am proud to announce that as 2022 rolls out, so does a new look for ABOH. To stay ahead of the times and continue our national expansion, we chose to update our logo, colors, website, and materials!
Along with the new look, we added new initiatives to help aggressively attack lung cancer, both in Minnesota and across the country. I love feedback from our stakeholders. Please feel to call or email me with your thoughts.
One of ABOH’s exciting program initiatives was the formation of the first ABOH Young Leaders Board (YLB) in 2021. The YLB represents the start of a movement at ABOH to actively include and involve young adults in our work. While the YLB will be a board of just 10-12 people, our hope is that their work in lung cancer will create a space for thousands of young people to change the trajectory of lung cancer. We seek young adults who want to attend future events, work on future projects, and/or fill board seats as they become available. These young adults are people who wish to:
- Correct the myths around lung cancer through awareness events and social media;
- Get involved with the work and legislation that will result in more Americans screened for more early-stage diagnoses;
- Gather and support those who grieve because of lung cancer, especially young adults;
- Help ABOH reach its fundraising goals in support of the research that leads to new life-saving therapies; and
- Have fun and meet other cool people who are willing to step up to create change.
Check the website often to hear about fun events, like brewery nights and wine tasting for young adults.
Our thoughts are always with you, and we appreciate the fact that your difficult battle with lung cancer has led you to support this organization. Together, we are stronger.