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Midwest Lung Cancer Summit, for survivors and caregivers

November 7, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm CST

Speaker at Lung Cancer Summit

The safety of lung cancer survivors is our top priority. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will be holding this event virtually. 

Our thanks go out to our Presenting Sponsor, Karst vonOiste, and the sponsoring companies listed below who so generously make this event possible for lung cancer survivors and their caregivers.

In 2018, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation hosted the inaugural Midwest Lung Cancer Summit for patients and caregivers living with lung cancer. The steering committee (composed mostly of survivors) identified three goals that were important to the success of this event:

  • Provide people living with lung cancer real tools and education to help them on their journey;
  • Create a culture that leaves program attendees feeling hopeful about their future; and
  • Provide opportunities for people living with lung cancer to meet others on the journey in order to expand their support network.

2020 Event Schedule and Speakers:

8:30 – 8:55 AM

Laughter Yoga

Virtual Laughter Yoga Session Mary Anderson, MN Yoga Studios

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Morning Keynote: Gut Health

Gut Microbiota Related to Lung Cancer and the Immune System Amit Kulkarni, MD, University of Minnesota

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Breakout Session 1:

Palliative Care and Alternative TherapiesMerryn Jolkovsky, MD and Kathi Sowada, RN, Integrative Health Specialist, Centra Care


The Patient’s Team: Who’s On Call?Debora Laxson, Vice-Chair of MN Palliative Care Advisory Council, Author

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout Session 2:

A Lawyer on Your Cancer Care TeamLindy Yokanovich, ESQ, Founder and Executive Director of Cancer Legal Care


Women & Lung Cancer: From Sexual Dysfunction to Stigma – Narjust Duma, MD, UW Carbone Cancer Center

12:00 – 12:30 PM

Visit with our sponsors – learn how their businesses are changing the face of lung cancer!

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Afternoon Keynote: New Therapies

Clinical Trials: Promising Treatments Being Developed TodayJoseph Leach, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Prime Therapeutics LLC 

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Breakout Session 3:

Mutations and Biomarkers – Manish Patel, OD, University of Minnesota and Aaron Mansfield, MD, Mayo Clinic


Grief and Self-Care in 2020Melissa Mork, PhD

2:30 – 3:30 PM

Breakout Session 4:

Preparing for A Good DeathJane Whitlock, End-of-Life Doula and Anne Murphy, Celebrant, Home Vigil Guide, Death Educator


Parenting Through CancerSarah Manes, CCLS, Vice President of Programs and Community Relations, Angel Foundation

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Expert Panel, including Covid-19 answers

Q&A with Doctors and Nurses
Manish Patel, OD, University of Minnesota; Merryn Jolkovsky, MD, Centra Care, St. Cloud, MN; Naomi Fujioka, MD, University of Minnesota; Jonathan Hovda, MD Minnesota Lung Center; Shirley Kern, APRN, CNS, AOCN North Memorial Health

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Private patient gathering with fellow survivors

Patient-Led Chat Rooms Available by Mutation 

  • EGFR: Ivy Elkins
  • ROS1: Lysa Buonanno & Lisa Goldman
  • ALK: Gina Hollenbeck
  • Other or no mutation: TBD

Interested in sponsoring this event? Check out our 2020 VIRTUAL Patient Summit Benefit Chart or email info@abreathofhope.org to learn more.

Thank you to our generous 2020 sponsors!


Blueprint Medicines

Minnesota Oncology

Eli Lilly and Company


November 7, 2020
8:30 am - 5:30 pm CST
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