Entries by Nancy Torrison

Volunteer of the Month: Stacy Strojny

StacStacy Strojnyy is the lead volunteer for the A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk program. Her volunteerism began in 2014 after participating in the 2013 Twin Cities 5k. Since then she has helped launch ABOHLF’s first-ever Chicago 5k, Duluth 5k and Florida 5k. You will find Stacy in the registration tent graciously managing 35+ volunteers with a bright smile on her face. Stacy is the first to offer a helping hand and pours her heart and soul into the Lung Run/Walk events – and it shows! Her professionalism and attention to detail make Lung Run/Walk events run smoothly.

Thank you, Stacy, for your commitment and passion! You are greatly appreciated.

From Stacy: “I feel so blessed to be a part of ABOHLF! It has helped me keep my mother’s memory alive and to continue her legacy of kindness, compassion, and helping others in need. I could have never imagined how much this organization/staff, and the many people I have met along the way, could have such a positive impact on me! I will forever have a hole in my heart, missing my mom, but having the privilege to be surrounded by all of these wonderful people has somehow filled a void that I never thought was possible. It is amazing how I still feel very connected to my mom! For that I am truly blessed and grateful to everyone who works and volunteers for ABOHLF! Thank you for all the work that you do and for allowing me this opportunity to honor my mom!!”


My/our mother Margaret Asenbrenner was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in February, 2010.  She was a happy and healthy wife and mother of eight children.  The diagnosis took us all by surprise as lung cancer was not something my siblings and I thought much about and never envisioned our mother as a lung cancer risk as she was a non smoker. She lived seven months with the disease until she passed away in September, 2010.
Our mother Margaret was an amazing lady and inspiration to all of us kids.  She spent her life giving of her time and love to our family and many others.  We learned about A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation from our good friend Gary Brausen who had been diagnosed with lung cancer as well.  Gary shared with my husband Bill and me the mission of A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation and the amazing work the organization is doing.  I feel the model is very compelling in that it focuses on three key areas: lung cancer awareness, detection and treatments.  I am particularly energized about the recently announced research fellowships.
My siblings and I had been looking for some way to get involved in the fight against lung cancer as a way to “do something” about the devastating disease and honor our beloved mother with the same spirit of giving and love that she exemplified in her life.  We have participated in A Breath of Hope Run/Walk for the last two years.  This year we had 20 family and friends participate on “Team Margaret”.
As a family, we feel we lost our mother way too early in life due to lung cancer.  She had so much more life in her left to live. Our hope in getting involved with A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation is to ensure that other families don’t lose their loved ones to lung cancer before their time. This is an avoidable diagnosis.