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).