Our Support Groups

Support Group Updates During COVID-19:

Although we can’t host in-person events in the near future, lung cancer continues to disrupt lives, and the families we serve continue to need help. A Breath of Hope is practicing physical distancing, not social distancing and with this in mind, we invite you to join us at a virtual support group or patient education class in the coming months. Group meetings will be hosted on the following dates for up to 15 participants per meeting:

  • Grief and Loss Support Group for anyone experiencing grief and loss related to lung cancer. 
    • April 8: 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Kelly Grosklags
    • May 7: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Kelly Grosklags
    • June 11: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Dr. Melissa Mork
    • July 23: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Kelly Grosklags
    • September 23: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Dr. Natalie Marr PsyD, LP
    • October meeting: Cancelled
    • November 2: 6:00-7:30 p.m. Ritual Creation and Importance – Guest facilitator: Anne Murphy
    • December 10: 6:00-7:30 p.m.Holiday Healing – Guest facilitator: Kelly Grosklags
  • Survivor Support Group for Women who have experienced a lung cancer diagnosis. 
    • March 30: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud and Teri Kast, RN, University of Minnesota
    • April 13: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud and Teri Kast, RN, U of M
    • April 27: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud and Teri Kast, RN, U of M
    • May 11: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud and Teri Kast, RN, U of M
    • June 1: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud and Teri Kast, RN, U of M
    • June 15: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud and Teri Kast, RN, U of M
    • June 29: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud & Teri Kast, RN, U of M
    • July 20: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud & Teri Kast, RN, U of M
    • August 17: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud & Teri Kast, RN, U of M
    • September 21: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud & Teri Kast, RN, U of M
    • October 12: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Teri Kast, RN, U of M
    • November 16: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Teri Kast, RN
    • December 14: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Teri Kast, RN
  • Survivor Support Group for Men who have experienced a lung cancer diagnosis.
    • April 1: 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Anne Melzer, Minneapolis VA Health Care System and Kevin Collis, RN, Regions Hospital
    • April 15: 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Anne Melzer, Minneapolis VA Health Care System and Kevin Collis, RN, Regions Hospital
    • April 29: 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Anne Melzer, Minneapolis VA Health Care System and Kevin Collis, RN, Regions Hospital
    • May 13: 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • May 27: 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • June 10: 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • June 24: 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • July 8: 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • August 11: 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • August 25: 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • September 8: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • September 29: 6:00-7:30 p.m.. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • October 6: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • October 20: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • November 17: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • December 15: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Guest facilitator: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
  • Patient Education Series: This is the start of a Patient Education Series that will continue once regular support groups resume. Patients, caregivers and friends of lung cancer patients are all welcome to attend.
    • April 16: 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Mindfulness with Debbie Cohen
    • April 30: 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Nutrition with Heidi Ganzer MS, RD, CSO, LD
    • May 14: 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Speaker: Jeff Kendall, Phys. D
    • June 4: 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Speaker: Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • June 18: 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Speaker: Debbie Cohen
    • July 9: 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Speaker: TBD
    • August 6: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Latest Trends in Diagnostic & Treatment Therapies with Bruce Forsyth, Ph.D.
    • August 20: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Hands-On Art Therapy Session with Tessa Larson, MA, ATR-BC, LPCC
    • September 24: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Fitness with Michele O’Brien DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
    • October 29: 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Covid-19 & Winter – Teri Kast, RN
    • November 10: 5:30-7:00 p.m. – Life Transitions and Loss with Kelly Gosklags 
    • November 12: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – From Stigma to Sexual Health with Narjust Duma, MD, UW Madison
    • December 3: 7-8:30 p.m. – Laughter Yoga with Mary Margaret Anderson
    • December 9: 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Art Therapy with Tessa Larson

All of the above sessions are available for up to 15 attendees. Please RSVP via email or call 952.456.2845 to receive login instructions.


Once the COVID-19 threat has passed, A Breath of Hope will resume the following support groups in our Minnetonka office. There is a specific group for survivors, as well as one for 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, certified facilitators.

Grief Group:

Grief groups will meet every other month from 6-8 p.m. in our offices. Each meeting will start with a one-hour large group session focused on a specific topic and led by a professional on that topic. The large group session will be followed by one-hour small group sessions for discussion about the topic and a chance for men, women, and adult children to talk about their own journeys and challenges. The small groups offer a more intimate place for personal discussions among those grieving for a loved one.


Women’s Survivor Group: 

For women who have been diagnosed with lung cancer to meet with others who understand their journey and challenges. This group meets monthly from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Questions and RSVPs can be directed to ambassador@abreathofhope.org or 952-405-9201.


Additional Resources/Groups: A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation supports local lung cancer groups in the Twin Cities and offers information on cancer support groups open to all cancer patients and their families.