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A Breath of Hope support program offers patient education, support groups, companionship, and transportation for lung cancer patients and their families.

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 the Midwest Lung Cancer Summit (held each Fall) and our online learning resources 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.

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT GROUPS FOR SURVIVORS & FAMILIES

ABOH offers virtual support groups for survivors and caregivers, 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.

ABOH Virtual Support Groups

COMPANIONSHIP 

ABOH peer-to-peer HOPE companion volunteers have been through the cancer journey and simply want to help others. Their role is to listen and offer hope and 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 a great deal of support and connection.

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

TRANSPORTATION – AVAILABLE IN THE TWIN CITIES METRO AREA

ABOH volunteer drivers provide door-to-door transportation to and from lung cancer screenings, treatments, or medical appointments to Twin Cities resident patients and their caregivers. This is an essential service that makes it possible for lung cancer patients to receive timely medical care that can lead to improved health outcomes.

  • To receive a ride, please call 952-456-2845 or email HERE
  • Fill out waiver and participation agreement online HERE – must be completed prior to services
  • Print waiver and participation agreement HERE
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Patient support services are provided to patients and their families being treated through one of our healthcare partners:

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • North Memorial Health Hospital
  • Regions Hospital
  • United Hospital
  • Minneapolis VA Health Care
  • Minnesota Oncology
  • Fairview Health Services-Twin Cities

We are always welcoming new healthcare partners! If you are interested in becoming a healthcare partner in Minnesota:

  • Please call 952-456-2845 or email HERE

Testimonial  

“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