We are honored to announce that A Breath of Hope’s Research Fellow, Dr. James Tsay of NYU, was recently published in Cancer Discovery – one of the highest impact papers in cancer research. Dr. Tsay’s peers around the country are calling his work, “a breakthrough in the early detection of lung cancer.” Read article here.
The published study by Dr. Tsay’s lab built on the research that was funded by the Breath of Hope Foundation in 2016 and 2017. Previously, Dr. Tsay’s team was able to detect a difference in the composition of the lung microbe in patients with and without lung cancer. In this new study, they went further to see if the specific composition of the lung microbe correlates with a patient’s prognosis and treatment response. They were able to show that having oral microbes in the lung seems to correlate with poor prognosis and worse tumor progression. In a parallel animal model, introduction of these oral bacteria into the lungs of mice also seems to show decreased survival, increased tumor burden and increased inflammation.
The team and all of us at A Breath of Hope are very excited about these findings. We hope they will be able to use this knowledge to further our understanding of microbes and lung cancer. The ultimate goal is to use this information to diagnosis lung cancer earlier and in addition, help improve the treatment response in those who are undergoing treatment for lung cancer.
Dr. Tsay said, “The research award from A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation has made a huge difference in my career and has allowed us to continue our work in this field. I am grateful.”
Thank you, ABOH donors. Together, we are impacting the field and saving lives!
Don’t Forget: We’re Here to Help!
A diagnosis of lung cancer is a life-altering event. It may leave you feeling overwhelmed, scared, stressed, or anxious. Lung cancer is associated with high levels of depression and anxiety among cancer groups. In studies, patients report a broad range of psychosocial consequences, such as frustration due to physical limitations, fear of recurrence, sadness of leaving behind a partner and children, and disappointing social support, which we call: STIGMA.
A Breath of Hope collaborates in the national lung cancer space to help change the stigma that adds addition burden and pain. But we also offer services that can reduce stress which in turn, can lead to a better quality of life and improved health outcomes. Visit our website or email us at email@example.com to learn more about the following:
Rides to treatment and medical appointments (reopening in Minnesota late March; opening in SW Florida this fall)
Companionship visits with someone who understands the cancer journey (currently available for U.S. lung cancer survivors by zoom or phone)
Patient education classes offered monthly on topics that are important to survivors
Survivor support groups offered monthly and focused on topics chosen by survivors
It is hard to believe that we have endured Covid-19 for a full year. Our nation now welcomes spring, a season of growth and renewal, with open arms.
A Breath of Hope is grateful (beyond words) for the support we received last year and are energized by upcoming opportunities in research, public education, and expanded services in 2021. We thank you for making our work possible!
We also acknowledge the challenges that continue – a pandemic that is especially difficult for individuals living with lung cancer, barriers to screening and early detection, and the persistent stigma associated with this disease. Above all, we grieve the dear friends we have lost.
But – we will not give up the fight! A Breath of Hope knows that catching lung cancer early is the best way to beat it. We invite you to join our 100 Day Spring Challenge kicking off on March 15th. Our goal is to raise $100K in 100 days to support early detection. Watch for our campaign kick-off by email, mail and on social media later this month!
Usually, at this time of year, A Breath of Hope staff and volunteers are hard at work pulling together fundraising events to help lung cancer survivors live longer and live better.
But this year, because of the pandemic, A Breath of Hope has made some tough decisions — to either transition many of our beloved events to online or to postpone them until 2021-2022. These changes have come with disappointment. We miss our community, but more importantly, our revenue has dropped. While we are doing OK, our programs cannot run at full capacity without financial support from the people who care about our mission. This pandemic has left a 30% gap in annual fundraising for A Breath of Hope’s research, education, and patient service programs.
Today, during the biggest annual giving day in Minnesota, you can support and bring hope to Minnesota families by making a donation to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation. Your gift of $25, $50, $100, or any amount can drive real change and continue the good work that has been improving the lung cancer survival rate in our state and country.
We are stronger together – thank you for your support!
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Now more than ever, it’s important to connect as a community and support those hurt by lungcancer. Join A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation at one of our virtual lungcancer awareness month events.
Midwest LungCancer Patient Summit Studies show better health outcomes for cancer patients who are well-informed and educated about the disease they live with.
A Breath of Hope is committed to bringing new information and ongoing education to ourlungcancercommunity, and especially to our survivors. Join others who share your journey and learn from some of the top lungcancer experts in the world at the A Breath of Hope Virtual Midwest LungCancer Summit Saturday, November 7 – registration is now open!
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Virtual ShiningBrightGala JoinusFriday, November13th for a fun–filled and impactfulevening in oursharedquest to savelives! To protectourlungcancercommunity, this year’s ShiningBrightGalawill be heldvirtually, but the fun and the missionremainvibrant and critical.
From incredible auction items to magic and comedy to wine and chocolates delivered to your home, this event will be a night to remember. General admission tickets are free, but you must be registered to participate or bid on auction items. Learn more below.
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Thank you LCAM Event Sponsors! Mary & Bill Zimmer
Mary Jane Benjamin
Karst & VonOiste
During these unprecedented times, we are so grateful for your continued support and can’t wait to ‘see’ you at our fabulous fall events. Can’t attend but want to show support? Contact Nancy about sponsorship packages or donate below.
Wishing you a healthy and happy fall!
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A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOH) returns to SW Florida with its ABOH Lung Run/Walk Leap Day – 2/29/20, a well-loved 5K for anyone who wants to be part of the solution to the world’s deadliest cancer! You don’t want to miss this fun opportunity to LEAP ahead in the fight to end lung cancer!
New this year – ABOH will announce the first-of-its-kind SW Florida Ambassador Program, serving lung cancer patients with rides to treatment, companionship during the journey and education that could lead to improved health outcomes. ABOH SW Florida office opens this spring!
Join us on LEAP DAY to create needed change and bring hope to lung cancer patients.
Mark your calendar for these important dates so you don’t miss out:
Saturday, February 29, 2020 is the big day! Register today to run or walk in the 4th annual A Breath of Hope Lung Run/Walk SW Florida.
Register by Monday, February 3 at Noon CST to be entered in a drawing for one of five $20 gift cards at local restaurants.
Learn about volunteering at the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for helping make this event a success!
Remember or honor loved ones diagnosed with lung cancer when you register by Noon CST Thursday, February 13. Names submitted by this date will be added to our collectible t-shirts.Names can be entered in the tribute portion of registration, or by emailing email@example.com.
The fun details: 5K walk/run, music, snacks, kids’ activities, prizes for top fundraisers, oncology updates, resources for lung cancer patients and families, a ceremony to remember your loved ones and fellowship with a community that understands.
What are you waiting for? Register today to join the ABOH SW Florida community and beat lung cancer!
2020 is coming to an end, and we’re OK with that. We wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2021!
In this challenging year, we lost many friends to lung cancer and we grieve with our families. Despite the pandemic and thanks to your generous spirit and financial support, we continue to provide hope and services for survivors, caregivers, and families impacted by this disease. You, our faithful supporters, have touched the lives of many survivors, including Rachael and Harper below. (Photo Credit: Stephijean Photography).
Rachael was just 31 years old when she was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in 2017. Her initial reaction was pure shock. As a former collegiate and Olympic-level hockey player, she not only continued to exercise, but she ran several miles each day, never smoked, and ate a healthy diet.
It took Rachael 16 months to get a diagnosis after seeing several specialists for pain in her ribs and back. Rachael remembers feeling less afraid once she had an answer and she became determined to do whatever she could to beat it. At that time, she had a four-year-old daughter. The deep sadness she felt at not being there for Harper as she grew up gave Rachael the strength to undergo surgery, receive radiation to her brain and spine, and continue treating her cancer aggressively. Today, Rachael continues to take her first line of treatment, a targeted therapy, and she monitors her health very closely with her medical team.
You will be moved by Rachael’s personal comments at the Shining Bright Gala held virtually November 13th. We also took a few moments to remember loved ones lost to lung cancer. If you missed the gala, you can still WATCH the program: 2020 Shining Bright Gala Virtual Program
Thank you for supporting the lung cancer community. We hope we can count on you again this year. Your donation will ensure A Breath of Hope starts strong in 2021 as we strive to improve survival rates through cutting-edge research, improved access to screening, patient education, and supportive services that lessen the burden for those most impacted.
We invite you to support our goal of raising $50,000 by December 31st. There are three easy ways to support our mission and save lives.
Donate online by clicking the button below
Send a check to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation at: P.O. Box 387, Wayzata, MN 55391
Call 952-807-6111 to make a gift of stock or to discuss other giving options
Every step we take as a community and ‘family’ is a breath of hope for all who have been hurt by lung cancer. Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to fight America’s deadliest cancer.
ABOH Hosts 2021 Minnesota Screening Meeting
With our shared goal of increasing the number of Minnesotans screened for lung cancer for reduced mortalities, it is our honor to host Minnesota’s healthcare professionals virtually January 22nd, 2021.
From primary care to pulmonology to radiology to oncology and thoracic surgery, each of us can benefit from working with and learning from our peers across the state. We look forward to improving a dismal 20% five-year lung cancer survival rate by overcoming the many barriers to screening.
8:00 – 8:30 AM Welcome and Opening remarks – Abbie Begnaud, MD, University of Minnesota and David E. Midthun, MD, Mayo Clinic
8:30 – 9:30 AM The Benefits of CT Lung Cancer Screening in ANY System; USPSTF Updated Guidelines & Evidence – Andrea McKee, MD, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, Massachusetts
9:30 – 10:30 AM Lung Cancer Screening in the Urban Setting – Mary M. Pasquinelli, APRN, FNP-BC, Unversity of Illinois Health, Chicago, Illinois
10:30 – 11:30 AM Lung Cancer Screening in the Rural Setting – Jed A. Gorden, MD, Swedish Medical Center, Cherry Hill Campus, Seattle, Washington
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Primary Care and the Low-Dose CT Scan, plus Intro to Online Screening Course (w/CME Credit Instructions) – Celeste T. Worth, MCHES, Director, LuCa National Training Network, University of Louisville
12:00 – 1:00 PM Small group chat rooms on any topic related to lung cancer – 15 or less per room
Minnesota Healthcare Providers:
There is no cost to attend this meeting. Please email us for a registration link and include your title and the healthcare system you work for.
If your healthcare organization is interested in learning about meeting sponsorships, please drop us an email.
Happy Holidays from all of us at ABOH!
A year ago, I couldn’t have imagined that today we would find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic with our lives and livelihoods completely altered. In saying this, we acknowledge the many losses of 2020 – physical connections, routines, work, gathering for worship, shared meals, and the loss of loved ones that will forever change our lives. While we acknowledge and honor these hardships, we should also acknowledge the blessings and look for the silver linings this year.
At ABOHLF, through the steadfast leadership of our executive director Nancy Torrison, our staff, our volunteers, and our dedicated board of directors, we have worked hard to continue offering survivor services, funding research, and executing community events that we hope have made a difference for our families, patients, and survivors during this unprecedented time. Through your generous support, you allow us to walk with you in your lung cancer journey, and we are grateful.
On behalf of all of us at ABOHLF, we wish you happy holidays and a joyful new year!
GiveMN has launched a week-long giving campaign to help Minnesotans support their favorite charities during this critical time.
And the best part – they waived their fees! Thanks for considering a donation to A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation.
Your donation will directly benefit families hurt by lung cancer by:
Delivering a load of free groceries to the doorsteps of survivors who should not be out shopping;
Supporting those who live with lung cancer through online support groups and educational classes; and
Offering help to families grieving the loss of a loved one to lung cancer.
Please consider a donation to A Breath of Hope’s #GiveAtHomeMN COVID-19 relief effort here.
Golf Classic is ON and In-Person:
The 2020 A Breath of Hope Golf Classic presented by the Bill and Mary Zimmer Family Foundation is on a mission to beat lung cancer, even during the Covid-19 pandemic. Lung cancer doesn’t stop, and neither should we.
Plan to join us for a socially distanced, but fun event in support of A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation’s research and patient support programs. We promise to keep you safe while you play your 18 holes at the beautiful Deer Run Golf Club in Victoria, Minnesota.
This year’s $200 golf registration includes:
Limited and staggered registrations and tee times for smart distancing
18 holes of golf
Cart with GPS
Raffles, contests and prizes
Meals and a happy hour beverage
$100 charitable donation per registration
Interested in sponsoring a hole? Email us to learn more.
National Day-of-Giving May 5
A Breath of Hope is celebrating #GivingTuesdayNow, a new global day of giving and unity taking place on May 5th in emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.
Please help us raise awareness about lung cancer, increase funding for life-saving research and support patients and families by participating in or sharing A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation’s #GivingTuesdayNow COVID-19 relief effort here.