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. That’s why A Breath of Hope is practicing physical distancing, not social distancing. With that concept in mind, we are going to be offering new virtual support groups and a patient education series 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
  • 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, University of Minnesota
    • April 27: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud and Teri Kast, RN, University of Minnesota
    • May 11: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud and Teri Kast, RN, University of Minnesota
    • June 1: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud and Teri Kast, RN, University of Minnesota
    • June 15: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud and Teri Kast, RN, University of Minnesota
    • June 29: 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Guest facilitators: Dr. Abbie Begnaud and Teri Kast, RN, University of Minnesota
  • 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
  • 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: TBD
    • July 2: 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Speaker: TBD

All of the above sessions will be open 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.

2020 Meeting Dates:
(RSVP preferred at ambassador@abreathofhope.org or 952-405-9201.)

  • May 
  • July 
  • September 1
  • November 2: “Remembrance Ceremony and Vigil”

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.

2020 Meeting Dates:

  • April 20: Sarah Barts, Nutrition 
  • May 18: Maria Rafdal, Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • June 15: Round Robin/Group Sharing
  • July 20: TBD
  • August 17: Round Robin/Group Sharing
  • September 21: TBD
  • October 19: TBD
  • November 16: Round Robin/Group Sharing 
  • December 21: Holiday party with a cookie exchange – come hungry!

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.