Education and Support Meetings in Fort Myers

First Tuesdays | 4:30-6 PM | Lee Health Regional Cancer Center, Fort Myers

Upcoming Support Meetings:

  • December 6, 2022: Managing Holiday-Related Anxiety
  • January 3, 2023: Navigating Health Insurance
  • February 7, 2023: Developments and Directions of Lung Cancer Treatments in 2023
  • March 7, 2023: Nutrition

ABOH and its partners at Lee Health are honored to host in-person monthly support group meetings for lung cancer patients/survivors and caregivers living in the Lee County area (virtual options available). Each meeting offers education about a topic important to people living with lung cancer, as well as topic discussions and sharing. Each meeting is led by a professional facilitator.

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the Lee Health Regional Cancer Center, 8931 Colonial Center Drive, Building B, 4th Floor Conference Room, Fort Myers, FL 33905.

ABOH also offers national virtual support groups for patients/survivors and their caregivers. Learn more about this group HERE.

Transportation for Lee Health Lung Cancer Patients and Caregivers

ABOH volunteer drivers provide door-to-door transportation to and from lung cancer screenings, treatments, or medical appointments to Lee Health patients. We look forward to expanding our driving services to other healthcare systems in the near future.

  • To receive a ride to one of the Lee Health campuses, call 239-986-2812 or email HERE
  • Fill out the waiver and participation agreement online HERE – must be completed before services
  • Print waiver and participation agreement HERE
  • Imprima el acuerdo de renuncia y participación AQUÍ

Patient Education 

Studies show that well-informed patients are better equipped to participate in decisions about their care and have better health outcomes. To help patients educate themselves, A Breath of Hope provides tools and resources such as our online learning resource, the Animated Patient’s Guide to Lung Cancer, available in English and Spanish. This resource provides patients and their families with more information about their lung cancer diagnosis and treatment options.

Companionship 

ABOH peer-to-peer HOPE companions have experienced cancer and simply want to help others during their journey. The role of a Hope companion is to listen and offer companionship during the emotional roller coaster of a cancer diagnosis.

HOPE companions may provide support to patients and caregivers through texts, phone calls, coffee dates, and virtual or in-person meetings. Connecting with a HOPE companion who has experienced a cancer diagnosis can provide support and relief during the cancer journey.

  • To be matched with a HOPE companion, call 952-456-2845 or email HERE
  • Fill out the waiver and participation agreement online HERE – must be completed before services
  • Print waiver and participation agreement HERE

Join Us to Serve More Lung Cancer Patients/Survivors in SW Florida

Patient support services are provided to patients and their families being treated through our healthcare partner, Lee Health in the Lee County, FL area. We are always welcoming new healthcare partners! If you are interested in becoming a health care partner in Florida, call our home office at 952-405-9201 or email HERE

  • Interested in becoming a volunteer driver or ABOH Speaker? Call 239-986-2812 or email HERE
  • Do you know any groups that would like to learn about keeping lungs healthy? Call 239-986-2812 or email HERE
  • Walk for Lung Cancer Research on February 25, 2023! More about this important event HERE

caregiver Testimony

“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 volunteer is 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