Katie and Benjie profile

Katie Mann

Katie lost the love of her life, husband Benjie, to lung cancer on October 24, 2017. The diagnosis came just two months before Benjie passed, but he had symptoms long before he was finally diagnosed. Benjie was 57 years old.

Katie and the couple’s children miss Benjie every day and feel frustrated by the lack of awareness about this disease in society. They have questions:

Why aren’t we screened for lung cancer, the deadliest of all cancers, when we screen for other less deadly cancers annually?

Why aren’t we educated as a society about what lung cancer looks like and when it is time for a low does CT scan?

Katie’s daughters read a book focused on grief called, It’s OK That You’re Not OK. The author explains that everyone needs a 3AM buddy, someone to call when in need of a friend in the middle of the night. They vowed to be that friend to each other, but Katie quickly realized that her 3AM buddy was Benjie. And as it goes with grief, the pain of the loss rolls over and through her over and over again, especially in the middle of the night.

Katie recently join the A Breath of Hope Circle of Light (abreathofhope.org/donate) because she lives with the profound loss of lung cancer every single day and she knows she must take action to help other families avoid all she has been through. She is angry that this silent killer goes undetected until it is too advanced to beat. She is angry that 433 people die of lung cancer every day, yet there is little public conversation about this disease.

Katie hopes that her support of A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOH) will help:

1) Educate the public about the disease (including the inaccurate and mean stigma) using facts;
2) Support ABOH research and support services for patients and family members; and
3) Get LUNG CANCER SCREENING added to EVERYONE’S annual healthcare rights.

In the end, Katie hopes her efforts to change lung cancer outcomes will save other’s 3AM buddies.❤️

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

Roseanne Hooper

I donate to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation to help fund research to fight against this deadly disease. The mission to beat lung cancer can be achieved by our efforts to raise awareness and we can achieve that by our supporters and donations to Breath of Hope Lung Foundation for research.

My mom is a 3 time survivor of cancer, breast cancer in 1996, lung cancer in 2006 stage 1 and 2010 stage 3. She is a fighter! Her family & friends are strong supporters for A Breath of Hope as well as for her. “Team Puttin’ on the Ritz” is proud of my mom Ritz Hooper in her accomplishments to get through this difficult journey.

Special thanks to ALL the support from North Memorial Medical Doctor’s and Nurses. A shout out to the wonderful support group at NMHH Cancer Center for helping my mom & I get through some tough times.

– Thank you, Roseanne Hooper

Lynn Prust

Lynn Prust
My mom is a lung cancer survivor so we are a huge supporter of all the great things that A Breath of Hope has done in the areas of cancer awareness and research. There aren’t a lot of organizations focused on lung cancer.

We truly appreciate what A Breath of Hope is doing to bring much needed attention to this disease. To those of you at A Breath of Hope, thank you for all that you do! You continue to make a difference!

– Lynn Prust

Jeff & Lisa Flaig


We donate to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation because we recently learned that lung cancer causes more deaths than many other cancers combined. We want to stand with A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation and help fund research so we can be part of the cure.

We don’t have any family members directly affected by lung cancer at this time, but we have seen the heartache felt by others and we want to help in any way we can.

– Jeff and Lisa Flaig

Georgia Helvick

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I donate to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation, first and foremost to support my sister Julie and because I know where my money is going. It’s benefiting lung cancer research and awareness. I can see the progress these donations have made to the ongoing research in improving the prognosis for lung cancer patients.

ABOH is also working to make the public aware of the disease, it’s not just a smoker’s disease. And ultimately they hope to raise NATIONAL awareness! I want to be a part of THAT!

– Georgia Helvick