A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation has made a few programming changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- To ensure the safety of the lung cancer community all support groups have been converted to a virtual format. Learn more about our Virtual Support Groups here.
- A Breath of Hope has also launched a new Virtual Patient Education Series aimed at helping survivors, caregivers and anyone touched by lung cancer access to expert facilitators and resources to improve overall health and wellness. Learn more about these sessions here.
- In an effort to limit COVID-19 exposure for lung cancer survivors and their families the A Breath of Hope, Eats & Joy Program will purchase and deliver groceries to anyone in the Twin Cities metro area that is living with lung cancer and needs help getting groceries safely.
- Lung cancer patients deal with some of the highest depression and anxiety rates compared to other cancers. Then add the fear and isolation that is associated with the COVID-19 crisis and the lung cancer community needs help. That’s where the A Breath of Hope Companionship Program comes in. Lung cancer survivors can meet with a designated companion virtually or by phone on a regular basis. Apply here.
These changes and additions to our organization’s work are all part of our three core programs listed below. Stay tuned for additional updates and resources available during the Coronavirus outbreak. We’re all in this together.
Patient & Family Support
A Breath of Hope (ABOH) offers patient and caregiver education to the lung cancer community. The Animated Guide to Lung Cancer is the first program of its kind to teach about a diagnosis for diverse educational and learning styles. Learn more about a lung cancer diagnosis here.
A Breath of Hope offers programming support to patients and families who have been hurt by lung cancer and live in the Twin Cities, MN. From transportation to companionship to survivor and grief support groups, our goal is to lighten the burden for Minnesotans coping with a lung cancer diagnosis or loss. Phone companions are available nationwide.
A Breath of Hope Volunteer Ambassadors have experienced cancer and wish to help others. They provide transportation to appointments, companionship and a compassionate ear to those in need of additional support during the journey. Find out more about the Ambassador Program. Call 952-405-9201 if you can volunteer!
Patient and family support is also available through our local partner hospital’s support groups in Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as our own professional facilitated Survivor and Grief Groups. To learn more about support groups hosted in our Minnetonka office, visit our Support Group page, email or call 952-405-9201.
As one of the least funded cancers, there is a long history of excellent researchers being diverted to other fields where funding is more prevalent. ABOH supports talented young investigators who are leading translational lung cancer research that will touch patients within five years. These scientists, from top U.S. cancer centers and universities, are selected through a nationwide competitive search. Click to find out more about the ABOH Research Fellowship Program.
Awareness & Public Education Nationwide
Lung cancer is often avoidable. Lack of awareness and early detection are critical problem areas and contribute greatly to the 83% mortality rate of lung cancer. Nonsmokers and former smokers, in particular, often miss symptoms. This group makes up approximately half of the diagnoses each year. The stigma that surrounds lung cancer keeps the facts hidden from the general public leaving them uneducated about the world’s deadliest cancer. Without awareness and preventative screening, lung cancer will continue to show an appalling 17.8% survival rate
A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation partners with individuals, businesses and healthcare systems to ‘WRAP’ awareness and wellness around communities. Through awareness events, public speaking, marketing campaigns and community outreach, ABOH provides vital information about lung cancer to the public. Click to find out more about the White Ribbon Awareness Program (WRAP).