Volunteer of the Month

A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOH) is so grateful for all of the wonderful volunteers that support our mission. Each month the ABOH staff selects one volunteer that goes above and beyond and features them here. This month, we are proud to highlight Anne Jensen as ABOH’s Volunteer of the Month!

From Anne:

I lost my brother-in-law in 2008 to lung cancer at only 44 years old.  My younger sister and her husband were living in Kansas with their three children when he was diagnosed. I know that she struggled trying to take care of her husband, manage all his doctor visits, treatments and special needs and I could see the toll it took on her and the kids.  Mike had been diagnosed in the late stages of lung cancer and lost his battle after only 11 months.

My dear friend Mary Jane McKeon, my friend of nearly 20 years and one of A Breath of Hope’s founders, is the person that introduced me to A Breath of Hope. I began walking in the annual 5k walk in August and when I retired in January of 2018 I joined the Ambassador Program to try to make a difference in the lives of those going through treatment that may need assistance – just like my sister and brother-in-law. I have firsthand knowledge of how much just having someone that can assist with transportation needs can help.

I have been a volunteer for almost two years now and I can truly say I think I get as much out of the experience as the people I drive for. Each person I meet brings a different perspective of life as they deal with this very real part of theirs. I enjoy the different backgrounds and different ways of dealing with their path. The strength with which they deal with life’s challenges is truly inspiring.

The work A Breath of Hope does is tremendous and makes a very real difference in our fight against lung cancer.  When we are not volunteering for A Breath of Hope, my husband Gene and I love woodworking and traveling to the many National Parks across the United States, and enjoying time with our grandchildren.

From A Breath of Hope Staff:

Anne is one of our “go to” drivers. She is warm, kind, dependable and always up for meeting new people. We get rave reviews from lung cancer patients that are driven to and from treatment by Anne – she has developed quite a group of fans and many patients request her for each of their appointments! She is always willing and happy to volunteer, even when pickups start before the sun rises!

The Ambassador Program is so important to the work we do and we wouldn’t be able to support patients and their families without selfless ambassadors like Anne.

Thank you, Anne.

Learn more about volunteer opportunities with A Breath of Hope here.