Achieving Our Mission – A Three Tiered Approach
Knowing that awareness, earlier detection and improved treatments will save lives, ABOH has created three program vehicles for carrying out its mission. Our programs will lead to:
- Increased research;
- Increased awareness and education, especially in low income communities where lung cancer is most prevalent; and
- Increased support of patients and caregivers who often face this cancer with little or no support.
Thank you Busy Boy Productions
and Creative Concepts for this
beautiful video tribute to ABOH.
A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. We are proud to be a fully approved member of the Charities Review Council – a ‘Most Trustworthy Nonprofit’. We promise to be frugal in the use of funds entrusted to us. Through careful ongoing strategic planning, we promise to direct the vast majority of our revenue to programming designed to improve the survival rate of lung cancer. We can’t do it without you, our faithful donors.
In 2007, a small group of lung cancer patients, along with committed family members and their caregivers who met at a local support group, created the first Twin Cities Lung Run/Walk. The success of this event led to the formation of A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation summer of 2008. Thanks to a talented and committed volunteer board of directors and the addition of professional staff beginning in 2012, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation has grown steadily.
A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation knows that the lung cancer survival rate will improve with increased research funding and public awareness, as well as improved patient support. Most of our board of directors and growing family of supporters, now numbering over 10,000, have experienced lung cancer or have lost a loved one to this deadly cancer. We continue our endeavors to make every second count, to believe each step is a breath of hope, and to share our compassion and support with all who are impacted by lung cancer, regardless of smoking status.
Kelly Andrews-Klagmann lost her courageous battle with non-small cell lung cancer at the tragically young age of 27. Kelly’s diagnosis occurred after a week of hospitalization and months of misdiagnosed bronchitis and pneumonia. Previous signs included being winded on a bike and a diagnosis of allergies after wheezing during yard work. She did not smoke. She ate well. She exercised often.
Six months after her diagnosis, and just hours after exchanging marriage vows with her soul mate, Collin Klagmann, Kelly was taken by lung cancer.
It is for people like Kelly that A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation raises awareness and revenue to fight lung cancer and to change the stigmas that keep it underfunded and misunderstood.