Everyone Deserves a Breath of Hope.

Our mission is to bring hope to the men and women diagnosed with lung cancer every day and raise funds to support the innovative research necessary for a cure.

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Breath of Hope Ohio is helping to change the story of lung cancer research.


cancer killer…by a long shot.

Lung cancer kills more people than breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer combined.



of new cases occur in nonsmokers or former smokers.

There has been a negative stigma of lung cancer due to its relationship to smoking; however, 65% of new lung cancer cases occur in nonsmokers or former smokers.



the rate at which breast cancer is funded over lung cancer.

Lung cancer is underfunded compared to the number of deaths it causes. The loss of lives per year due to lung cancer is nearly double that of breast cancer.


Our Story


The Breath of Hope Celebration gala was initiated by Sandy and Mark Lomeo after Mark was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2014. The Lomeos were surprised to discover the lack of funding for lung cancer as compared to many other types of cancer. They decided to raise money via the Breath of Hope Celebration. The gala fundraising efforts have been combined with the Blue Beautiful Skies Fund to directly benefit The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute Department of Thoracic Oncology for awareness, research, new treatments, and—one day—a cure.

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Fund the Need

Lung Cancer can impact anyone. More people will die from lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined, yet it is the least funded disease in terms of research dollars. We are privileged to support The Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove research Institute (OSUCCC-James). With many breakthroughs on the horizon, we need your help to keep this research moving forward to find a cure.