From the American Cancer Society:
Many of the 1.4 million people diagnosed with cancer this year will find that their best chance for successful treatment will require traveling to a hospital or treatment center located far from home. The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge helps patients and families lessen the burden of cancer by offering a home-like environment free of charge. The Society is committed to making access to quality cancer treatment a reality, regardless of financial means. This has become especially critical as economic conditions have become uncertain.
In 2007, some 30,000 patients and caregivers stayed at a Hope Lodge, saving nearly $19 million in hotel expenses. In 2008, Hope Lodge added 119 rooms by opening locations in three new cities and expanding existing locations to meet the needs of even more people facing cancer. With grand openings of a new Hope Lodge in Boston and an expanded location in Charleston, South Carolina, this week, there are now 28 Hope Lodge locations in 20 states and Puerto Rico. New Hope Lodge locations were opened in Iowa City, Iowa, earlier in October; in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in February; and the Atlanta location recently cut the ribbon on a project that will add 18 new suites. More than a dozen new Hope Lodge sites around the country are in development.
“The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge helps eliminate the financial burden of traveling far from home for cancer treatment, which is especially important now because cancer strikes without regard to the state of our economy,” said Kristen Solt, vice president of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Network.
Hope Lodge guests stay in private bedrooms with private bathrooms and share communal kitchens, laundry facilities, libraries, and other gathering places. Some locations also offer wellness programs where guests can learn about nutrition, exercise, meditation, and other healthy practices, as well as special events like movie or game nights and visits from supporters in the community.