Hope and positive energy are known to bring healing.
Every time we support people living with lung cancer, we have taken a step forward in the battle against this disease. A lung cancer diagnosis is frightening, regardless of the situation. Everyone can benefit from support and encouragement.
What is an A Breath of Hope Support Volunteer?
Support volunteers are people who have been personally touched by cancer and want to volunteer their time to help others cope with lung cancer. Some are survivors, some have lost loved ones. All support volunteers have experienced the pain and fear evoked by a cancer diagnosis personally or in their closer circles, and are willing to volunteer their time to others.
What services does A Breath of Hope offer to lung cancer survivors and families?
TRANSPORTATION: ABOH drivers provide patients with transportation to oncology appointments, treatment and support groups.
COMPANIONSHIP: ABOH companions may sit at the bedside of someone who is receiving chemotherapy without the support of a family member or friend at their side. They are also available to provide support to patients and caregivers through texts, phone calls, coffee dates or regular virtual or in-person meetings. Their role is to listen and offer hope and companionship during the emotional roller coaster of a cancer diagnosis.
AWARENESS / EDUCATION: ABOH speakers provide public presentations scheduled by ABOH staff about lung cancer, screening, and available resources and services. They carry important messages to the public about this underserved cancer. They also educate survivors and their families about the resources ABOH offers to survivors and caregivers, such as the Animated Patient Program, a free resource for patients and families who wish to learn more about a lung cancer diagnosis and their treatment options.
SUPPORT GROUPS FOR SURVIVORS AND FAMILIES: A Breath of Hope offers virtual support groups for survivors, as well as those who are grieving a loved one lost to lung cancer. Each group offers opportunities for learning, discussion and support and is led by professional facilitators. Learn more about our support groups.
Transportation is provided to patients being treated through one of our healthcare partners:
- Abbott Northwestern Hospital
- Fairview Riverside Hospital
- Mercy Hospital
- North Memorial Health Hospital
- Regions Hospital
- United Hospital
- Minneapolis VA Health Care
- Minnesota Oncology
“My husband found out he needed radiation for twenty consecutive days and even with our five adult children, finding rides was difficult. My kids had to take vacation time from work just to drive him to appointments. One day our nurse, Jody, handed us an A Breath of Hope brochure and said ‘They’re waiting for you to call.’ I called the office and gave them my husband’s treatment schedule. They matched us up with a volunteer right away. I thought, ‘oh boy this is a lifesaver.’ Our A Breath of Hope Ambassadors are just wonderful. They’re here on time and they’re friendly. There’s no guesswork. You don’t know how much of a lifesaver this program has been. We are so thankful.” – LeaAnn Eng