A Breath of Hope Support Amid COVID-19
Despite the hardships we are all experiencing during the Covid-19 pandemic, the A Breath of Hope lung cancer community copes with even more challenges and fears as surgeries, tests and treatments are delayed and worries multiply. The lung cancer community is especially vulnerable to Coronavirus and needs support more than ever.
A Breath of Hope’s staff and board have been working diligently to add safety measures as needed to our programs.
Research: The ABOH National Advisory Committee and our local research committee have identified the winner of the Katherine Bensen Hope Award – our 2020 Research Fellow. Watch for an announcement this summer.
Awareness: Events like The ABOH Golf Classic June 12 and the Twin Cities Lung Run/Walk August 8 have been given permission to roll out physically with social distancing protocols built into each event. Follow our event news on social media or on our website: Upcoming Events.
Support services: More about current support services in the article below. For safety reasons, the ABOH Ambassador Program is unable to provide driving services and companionship visits in Minnesota and Florida at this time. While we have been designated as a needed and essential service, we are rightfully in line behind health care workers to receive the PPE we need to resume services safely. Stay tuned.
The Hope, Eats & Joy Grocery Program, in honor of Chelsi Terwey has been set up internally as a temporary 2020 ABOH program during the Coronavirus outbreak. The program will deliver $200 of groceries (including flowers and materials for the Hope Coloring Contest) to the doorstep of patients at no cost. This is not the time for lung cancer patients to venture out to grocery stores and finances are often tight for those battling cancer. Email Mary to receive an application for a free $200 grocery delivery. This program is currently available to lung cancer patients living in the seven-county metro area of the Twin Cities. Become a donor to provide groceries to patients. Learn more about the A Breath of Hope, Eats & Joy Program here.
Virtual Events and Support Groups
Just because we can’t be together physically, doesn’t mean we can’t be together socially. In response to Covid-19, ABOH has:
- Added virtual platforms or social distancing protocol to all 2020 events. The virtual Women’s Wellness Tea was a great success. One of our attendees, Judy Redfield, had this to say about attending the event online rather than in person: “I guess I would have enjoyed getting together at the Country Club, but the virtual breakout meeting was great. I was impressed at how easy it was to use Zoom. The breakout speakers were phenomenal. Of course I enjoyed the silent auction, too. You arranged a wonderful meeting for us.”
- Converted each of our support groups to virtual Zoom meetings, including our Women’s Survivor Group (hosted by one physician and one nurse) and our Family & Friends Grief Group (facilitated by grief counselors)
Added a Men’s Survivor Group (hosted by one physician and one nurse)
Added a Patient Education Series covering a variety of topics important to individuals and families coping with lung cancer
Since converting these groups to virtual platforms, we have seen 300% growth in attendance. Don’t wait to RSVP for the meeting you are interested in attending. Meetings dates here.
You Can Help Your Favorite Charity Stay Afloat
Did you know that you can support lung cancer research just by shopping? Every time you buy eligible items on Amazon, A Breath of Hope receives a portion of the profits. Win, win! Learn more and add ABOH to your AmazonSmile account here.
New perks for donors! As a result of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act that passed March 27, 2020, important benefits have been added for Americans that support charities. Learn more here and don’t forget to support your favorite lung cancer foundation – we hope it’s us!