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A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOH) is so grateful for all of the wonderful volunteers that support our mission. Each month the ABOH staff selects one volunteer that goes above and beyond and features them here. This month, we are proud to highlight Len Thayer as ABOH’s Volunteer of the Month!
My name is Len Thayer and I am a proud A Breath of Hope “regular.” As with so many others, my connection to lung cancer came as a total shock. In 2010, my wife Judy woke up one morning and was unable to get out of bed. As the day went on and her conditioned worsened, I knew something was wrong and she needed to get to the hospital. After an x-ray showed bleeding on her brain and two rapidly growing tumors, we received her stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis.
Over the next four years Judy fought bravely until ultimately, we ran out of time. Judy passed away peacefully in February of 2015.
Since her passing, I have spent a lot of time at A Breath of Hope. I have attended a men’s grief group, continue to volunteer at all the annual events and am a committed Circle of Light donor. My favorite part about volunteering is being able to honor Judy and being around the family of volunteers and staff who are passionate in their efforts to promote lung cancer research and raising awareness about this awful disease.
From A Breath of Hope Staff:
Len is one of those people that makes you smile just by being near him. He is soft-spoken, kind and a delight to be around. (Not to mention offers world-famous hugs!) Losing a loved one is so profoundly difficult, and we so appreciate Len continuing to honor Judy’s memory through volunteering and being an integral part of the A Breath of Hope family. His support is such a huge part of each event we put on – we aren’t quite sure they would go smoothly without him. (And we hope we never have to find out!) Len is truly a volunteer coordinator’s dream. He is willing to do whatever it takes, always willing to go the extra mile and does it all with a smile on his face.
Thank you for all that you do, Len! And thank you for letting us be a part of honoring Judy’s memory – we promise to keep fighting for her.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities with A Breath of Hope here.