Announcing 2021 Research Award, Patient Summit!


A Breath of Hope is honored to announce the 2021 Peg Fisher-Jullie Fight for Life Research Award!

Letter of intent opens today.

RFP ELIGIBILITY includes the following criteria:

  • Must hold a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, DO, DrPH, or equivalent)
  • Must be employed by a U.S. research institution (proof of Visa required)
  • If project involves people or animals, you must have received approval from your institution’s respective review board(s) before the funds are disbursed
  • Special consideration will be given to early career investigators, especially those who have not yet procured federal funding

Preferred topic:

Proposals are required to address major unanswered questions in the field of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutated lung cancers. Topic areas include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Identifying and understanding novel mutations in the EGFR gene
  • Understanding mechanisms of drug resistance to currently available therapies
  • Predictive and prognostic markers to identify responders and non-responders
  • Approaches to overcome acquired or intrinsic resistance to available targeted therapies
  • Novel approaches to treating CNS metastases in EGFR-mutated lung cancer
  • Understanding the carcinogenesis of EGFR-mutated lung cancers
  • Novel diagnostic tools to identify EGFR-mutated lung cancers
  • Further understanding mechanisms of resistance to immunotherapy in EGFR-mutated lung cancer and understanding ways to overcome these mechanisms
  • Understanding mechanisms of small cell transformation and treatment

RFP Timeline:

  • Sept. 1, 2020: Announcement of RFP and request for Letter of Intent (LOI)
  • Oct. 15, 2020: Deadline for LOI submission. Online forms will be reviewed by the ABOHLF research committee
  • Oct. 30, 2020: Up to 15 investigators will be invited to submit a full proposal
  • Dec. 15, 2020: Deadline for full proposal submission from invited applicants
  • Dec. 15, 2020 – Jan. 15, 2021: National Scientific Advisory Committee evaluates and scores proposals
  • Jan. 15-25, 2021: ABOHLF Research Committee conducts virtual interviews with the finalists (and their mentor if applicable)
  • Jan. 25, 2021: Winner is notified
  • Feb. 1, 2021: Winner is announced; grant contract is sent to the winner’s institution; the first $37,500 installment is transferred to the institution (the timing of this initial installment is dependent on execution of the ABOHLF grant contract by the PI and institution)

A special thank you with our best wishes to Peg Fisher-Jullie for making this award possible!

Exciting Updates to

New Immunotherapy Module on

We’re excited to announce our newest online patient education resource to help people living with lung cancer better understand Immunotherapy. The new module is live at

It is an honor to bring this important resource to lung cancer patients worldwide as an addition to the Animated Guide to Lung Cancer that has served more than 200,000 patients and caregivers from 35 countries.

Thank you to our program partners at Mechanisms in Medicine, as well as our educational program sponsors: Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation Inc., AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Inc., Celgene Corporation, and Genentech.

Registration is Now Open!

The virtual 2020 Midwest Lung Cancer Summit is just around the corner! During this unprecedented year, we remain committed to our goal of improved health outcomes and quality of life for lung cancer survivors and their caregivers, while keeping our community safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The summit offers opportunities to learn about recent research findings, new treatments, clinical trials, legal help and various psycho-social topics important to a patient’s physical and mental wellness. Join us virtually Saturday, November 7th to be a part of this exciting opportunity to connect with other lung cancer survivors and caregivers, as well as medical professionals.

Being part of a supportive community and being fully informed can lead to improved health outcomes. Register now!

You did it! Thank you!

Our thanks to each of you that registered, donated, and walked in the 2020 VIRTUAL A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk Twin Cities! As this was our first-ever virtual lung run/walk, we didn’t know what to expect. We were humbled to welcome more than 700 walkers/runners and receive donations from nearly 1,000 supporters. Together, this motivated group raised nearly $140,000 for lung cancer research, education, and patient and family support. WOW!

Thank you again to our local celebrities who generously donated their time and talent to bring fun and encouragement to our lung run/walk fundraisers!

  • Tom Kurvers, Asst General Manager MN WILD & Lung Cancer Survivor
  • Tom Hauser, Chief Political Reporter at KSTP-TV
  • Mike Max, Sports Director at WCCO-TV
  • Jim Rich, Sports Director at Fox 9
  • Common Man, Sports Radio Talk Show Host at KFAN Radio
  • Bobby Jensen, Co-Host, Grow with Kare — KARE-TV
  • Courtney Maxwell-Shey, Mrs. Minnesota United States

And thank you to our wonderfully supportive sponsors:

  • Medtronic
  • Genentech
  • Karst & Von Oiste
  • Minnesota Oncology
  • AJK Cutters
  • Hennepin Healthcare
  • Merck
  • VIDA Lung Diagnostics

Finally, if you are still waiting to collect a few pledges or donations – fear not! The donate page for the Virtual Lung Run/Walk Twin Cities will remain open until September 15, 2020.

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