Biggest Losers Visit Hope Lodge


Thanks to our visitors from "The Biggest Looser" for helping make a brighter day for our guests at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge NYC. L to R: Jim Germanakos (at home winner, season 4), Jennifer Widder (contestant season 5, Special Events Manager with ACS), Amanda Arlauskus (runner-up season 8), Ali Vincent (winner season 5), Bill Germanakos (winner season 4)


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Stars from the hit show brighten the day of patients and guests

NEW YORK, NY (November, 15, 2010) Last Wednesday afternoon, past winners from NBC's hit show "The Biggest Loser" visited the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Jerome L. Greene Family Center to tour the establishment and meet with local cancer patients.

Hope Lodge's Karen Radwin begins a special tour for the stars of NBC's "The Biggest Loser"

It was a rare opportunity to find past contestants spanning three seasons all in one place, and their visit was an exciting surprise for guests who are currently undergoing cancer treatment in New York City. Past winners also had to battle an unexpected temptation, as Hope Lodge was celebrating its weekly "Tea Time" which includes a lavish spread of homemade cakes and cookies. Bill Germanakos, season 4 champion, even said that it reminded him of a challenge on the show!

Visiting Biggest Loser graduates included Bill Germanakos (winner - season 4), Jim Germanakos (at-home winner - season 4), Ali Vincent (winner - season 5), Amanda Arlauskus (runner-up - season 8), and the American Cancer Society's very own Jenn Widder (contestant - season 5).

More than just lodging, Hope Lodge eases the emotional and financial hardships faced by many cancer patients while providing a supportive environment and sense of community. An average night in a New York City hotel exceeds $250 per night. In 3 years Hope Lodge has served nearly 5,000 cancer patients and their caregivers from 25 countries and 46 states. That’s nearly 50,000 nights of lodging since 2007.

Former Biggest Loser contestants join "Tea Time" at the Hope Lodge

Just minutes away from some of the nation’s most reputable cancer centers, the New York City facility, is located at 132 West 32nd Street. In addition to lodging, guests also have access to communal kitchens, activity rooms, and laundry facilities and are invited to participate in American Cancer Society programs, special shared meals and yoga classes. All Hope Lodge services – lodging and support programs – are offered completely free of charge.

There are currently 30 Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States including three in New York State (Buffalo, Rochester and Manhattan). To find a Hope Lodge and to learn more about a specific facility, please call the American Cancer Society toll free at 1-800-227-2345 or visit online at You can also follow Hope Lodge New York City on Facebook.

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About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nations largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit