Volunteer of the Month

A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOH) is so grateful for all of the wonderful volunteers that support our mission!  Throughout the year, we selects volunteers that go above and beyond. We are proud to highlight Tim Nordquist, as ABOH’s Volunteer Spotlight feature!

Learn More About Tim:

Tim Nordquist began as a volunteer driver 12 years ago, and his dedication, humor, and compassion for lung cancer patients and their families is second to none. He knows about sharing and compassion, growing up as one of 10 siblings!

His wife, Sharon, was diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer in January of 2009, She passed away just four months later at the age of 55. After her passing, Tim looked for a local support group and found A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation. Through Sharon’s lung cancer journey he saw the stigma of the disease and the lack of research in the lung cancer community.

Tim lives just upriver from Hastings. He enjoys living on the Mississippi River and spending time with his amazing neighbors. He spends his summers boating on the river, cruising in his old ford, cheering on his grandkids at their softball and baseball games, and spending time in his hometown of Milbank, SD at his sister’s cabin.

Tim was a key part of the A Breath of Hope, Eats, and Joy campaign during the pandemic, when he delivered groceries to lung cancer patients in their homes. He also participates in monthly grief meetings and attends many of the annual events.


Thank you, Tim, for all you do to bring peace, joy, and hope to those living with lung cancer.


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.”