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2021 A Breath of Hope Research Award Recipient:
Dr. Kipp Weiskopf from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts received the Peg Fisher-Jullie Fight for Life Award of $150,000.

2020 A Breath of Hope Fellow:
Dr. Esra Akbay of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center received the Katherine Bensen Hope Award of $150,000.

2018 A Breath of Hope Fellow:
Dr. Stefani Spranger, (MIT), received a $150,000 A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation research award.

2017 Women & Lung Cancer Research Award Recipients:
Drs. Laura Stabile and Timothy Burns, (University of Pittsburg), received the Tona Vives Women and Lung Cancer Award of $150,000.

2016 A Breath of Hope Fellow:
Dr. Jun-Chieh (James) Tsay, (NYU), received the Larry Benjamin Early Detection Award of $150,000.

Stacy Strojny

stacy-strojny-donateLike many people, I hadn’t heard much, if anything, about lung cancer. I didn’t know that lung cancer was the #1 cancer killer with only a 17% survival rate. Why hadn’t I heard that? Why doesn’t that make the news?

I unfortunately had to find out the hard way. My mother, Sally Dale, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer in the fall of 2010. My mother had been seeking medical help for a persistent cough for six months prior to her diagnosis. It wasn’t until months later that they finally did a CT and discovered a spot on her lung.

Maybe if I, or my family, knew more about lung cancer, were aware of the symptoms that are commonly misdiagnosed or were aware of early detection options, my mom would have had a chance to fight this disease. She fought for two years before passing away at age 65.

Knowledge is power. If we had known more about lung cancer, I believe our outcome would have been different. Now that I have the knowledge, I want to share it with others. That is why I  donate to and volunteer for A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation. They are passionate and committed to raising awareness and supporting individuals and families that are affected by lung cancer. They have and will continue to have an impact in this world and I want to be a part of it! I can’t think of a better way to honor my mom.

– Stacy Strojny

Peter & Katie Bucka

buckasMy wife and I donate to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation primarily from my family’s experience with lung cancer. My father was a non-smoker, pastor, and dedicated family man; his health was very important to him. He was diagnosed with lung cancer on October 31, 2007 and passed away November 18, 2010. It was not until his care conference in his final days that we understood the lack of funding that goes into fighting lung cancer. After a couple of years of volunteering at A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation I was blessed with the opportunity to join the A Breath of Hope Board of Directors. We are honored to be part of such a great organization and blessed to be able to give to it.

We believe in the mission and the people at ABOHLF. “The people” goes beyond the walls of the office and includes all of the donors, volunteers, board members, patients, survivors, those not with us anymore, and so many more people. As the critical mass behind the organization continues to grow, the results we deliver will equally grow. Through ABOHLF events I have met some incredible people that have inspiring stories.

– Peter & Katie Bucka