December 2019 Newsletter


End-of-Year $50,000 Challenge Grant:

The Fruth Family Foundation understands the desperate need to accelerate lung cancer research for new treatments and improved methods of detecting lung cancer.

In honor of their family friend, Katherine Bensen, they have offered A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation a chance to double its year end giving with this generous match. Inspired by Katherine’s bravery in battling stage 4 lung cancer since 2014, the Fruth family will match all A Breath of Hope gifts up to $50,000 that are made by the end of the year. Currently, $20,290 of our $50,000 goal has been raised. That means we have $29,710 to go!

Will you help us meet this challenge and support all lung cancer patients by doubling your impact in research?

Donate online. Donate on Facebook. Mail a check.

Research Progress Report:

Dr. Stefani Spranger of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has exciting news and is making a much-needed dent in our understanding of why some patients respond to Immunotherapy while others do not. Dr. Spranger’s research project funded by A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation is seeking to tackle a long-standing question on whether the heterogeneity of a tumor is impacting its immune response. Her work is being recognized and watched worldwide! Read more here.


Watch and Share Our ‘Faces of Lung Cancer’ Videos:

In case you haven’t seen or shared our featured survivor videos yet, visit our playlist here. The first two long-form videos are Women and Lung Cancer and Stop the Stigma. Please share with your network to help us educate others and overcome the stigma tied to lung cancer. Individual vignettes from each of our featured video survivors will roll out on our social media pages over the next month – don’t forget to like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter!

Our first completed vignette video: Katherine Bensen.

Open RFP – Deadline for Letters of Intent December 15 at Midnight:

The deadline for submission of your Letter of Intent (LOI) is fast approaching. December 15 at midnight is the deadline to be eligible for one of our TWO $150,000 research fellowship awards. Learn more about A Breath of Hope Research Fellowships and the timeline here.

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