Buffalo Hope Lodge Marks 30th Anniversary
Article date: August 18, 2014
By Stacy Simon
Since it opened its doors 30 years ago, the Hope Lodge facility in Buffalo, New York has welcomed more than 21,000 cancer patients and their caregivers, providing more than 150,000 nights of free lodging that saved them $17.25 million in hotel expenses.
There are 31 American Cancer Society Hope Lodge facilities across the nation and in Puerto Rico. Each facility offers free, home-like accommodations for cancer patients and their caregivers whose best treatment options are away from home. The facility in Buffalo’s historic Delaware District offers convenient access to cancer treatment centers in Western New York. The Queen Ann-style Victorian home was built in 1890 and has 15 guest rooms. Most cancer patients and their caregivers who stay at the Buffalo facility come from the Northeast, but many have come from other parts of the US and countries including Greece, Italy, Germany, Egypt, the Philippines, Canada, India, Pakistan, and England.
“Guests come to us from all over the globe and find comfort, companionship, support, and hope when they walk through our doors,” said Ann Raderman, director of the Buffalo Hope Lodge facility.
Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment. Although guests have their own private room, they have opportunities to participate in activities and meet other cancer patients and caregivers. Many form supportive relationships and close friendships.
The guest book at the Buffalo facility is filled with such sentiments. One entry reads: “As we leave the Hope Lodge facility for Florida, we have realized how much we will miss it and all the friends we have met. The Hope Lodge facility became our home away from home. Staying here has helped make this encounter with cancer more bearable with all the love and support we received. Thank you, and our love and thoughts will always be with everyone. – The Supers, Port St. Lucie, Florida.”
Another reads: “When I first came here diagnosed with cancer, I felt like my world was falling apart. In a way, I didn’t care if I was going to live or die … But I made it through chemo and radiation. Best of all, I met a lot of new friends here in Buffalo at the Hope Lodge facility. If it wasn’t for the very special friends I met here, I don’t know where I would be now … you were all here for me – you helped someone you didn’t know. Your friend forever, Terry.”
For more information about the Hope Lodge program and other lodging options, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
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