Volunteer of the Month

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 Anne Jensen as ABOH’s Volunteer of the Month!

From Anne:

I lost my brother-in-law in 2008 to lung cancer at only 44 years old.  My younger sister and her husband were living in Kansas with their three children when he was diagnosed. I know that she struggled trying to take care of her husband, manage all his doctor visits, treatments and special needs and I could see the toll it took on her and the kids.  Mike had been diagnosed in the late stages of lung cancer and lost his battle after only 11 months.

My dear friend Mary Jane McKeon, my friend of nearly 20 years and one of A Breath of Hope’s founders, is the person that introduced me to A Breath of Hope. I began walking in the annual 5k walk in August and when I retired in January of 2018 I joined the Ambassador Program to try to make a difference in the lives of those going through treatment that may need assistance – just like my sister and brother-in-law. I have firsthand knowledge of how much just having someone that can assist with transportation needs can help.

I have been a volunteer for almost two years now and I can truly say I think I get as much out of the experience as the people I drive for. Each person I meet brings a different perspective of life as they deal with this very real part of theirs. I enjoy the different backgrounds and different ways of dealing with their path. The strength with which they deal with life’s challenges is truly inspiring.

The work A Breath of Hope does is tremendous and makes a very real difference in our fight against lung cancer.  When we are not volunteering for A Breath of Hope, my husband Gene and I love woodworking and traveling to the many National Parks across the United States, and enjoying time with our grandchildren.

From A Breath of Hope Staff:

Anne is one of our “go to” drivers. She is warm, kind, dependable and always up for meeting new people. We get rave reviews from lung cancer patients that are driven to and from treatment by Anne – she has developed quite a group of fans and many patients request her for each of their appointments! She is always willing and happy to volunteer, even when pickups start before the sun rises!

The Ambassador Program is so important to the work we do and we wouldn’t be able to support patients and their families without selfless ambassadors like Anne.

Thank you, Anne.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities with A Breath of Hope here.

Volunteer of the Month: Anne Bacigalupo

Anne Bacigalupo is an event volunteer at ABOH. Anne and her husband Mark became involved at ABOH when their pastor and dear friend, John Bucka, was diagnosed with nonsmoking lung cancer. They rallied around John and participated in the ABOH Twin Cities Lung Run/Walk and Golf Classic in his honor. Anne and Mark were hit again when Mark’s mother was diagnosed. They lost both of these loved ones to this terrible disease.

Anne volunteers at ABOH because she has lost many family and friends to America’s number one cancer killer. She wants to do whatever she can to help raise awareness about lung cancer and improve funding for research to put an end to the disease.

Anne is currently serving as co-chair of the ABOH 10th birthday celebration, the 2018 Shining Bright Gala. She has recruited guests, motivated other committee members, solicited amazing silent and live auction items, and has generously donated quite a few things of her own.

ABOH staff and event manager, Anna, loves working with Anne. “Anne is amazing. She works tirelessly to make sure this event is beautiful and raises money to fight lung cancer. She makes my job easier and covers many tasks that help me be more productive with my time. This year’s gala will be more successful because of her hard work.”

Thank you, Anne, from all of us at ABOH!

FROM ANNE: “When I was asked to co-chair and help plan the 10th birthday party, my response was a strong ‘absolutely’. I am excited to help build an event that celebrates hope and raises money for lung cancer research. I have lost too many people to this devastating disease.

My favorite co-chair duties have been working on the décor and the silent and live auctions with the amazing staff and other volunteers. It has been an honor to help create what I hope will be a memorable and fun evening.

Let’s find hope and an end to lung cancer.”