Hope Lodge Guests Weather Hurricane Sandy
Hope Lodge staff and guests are fine after Superstorm hits East Coast
New York, NY (10/30/2012) - New Jersey and much of New York State were devastated by Hurricane Sandy yesterday. Communities that just 24 hours earlier hosted more than 15,000 walkers at our Making Strides events are now faced with a monumental recovery. NYC public transportation is silent as subway stations, roads, and tunnels are flooded.
However in the heart of mid-town Manhattan, the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, Jerome L. Green Family Center has remained a safe and calm environment for our guests. While the American Cancer Society offices are closed throughout Metro NY, Long Island, and New Jersey, the Hope Lodge has 48 rooms filled with patients and their caregivers.
Prior to the storm, Hope Lodge Manager Lindsay Edgar, coordinator Lorraine Katt, and facilities assistant Sean Chan, moved in and prepared for a long stay. Guests were advised to stock up on bottled water, non-perishable food items, batteries, and flash lights.
“We were very lucky at Hope Lodge,” said Edgar. “We saw on the news that power was down below 39th Street, but our block still had power. We kept the guests updated and they were adequately prepared. All of them made the best of the situation, hanging out in the kitchens or cozying up in our room.”
With the halt of transportation, treatment at the major healthcare systems in Manhattan has also been put on hold. However, our dedicated staff at Hope Lodge are working to ensure patients can continue with their medication schedules and making additional preparations should any other storm related problems arise. Sandy didn't stop those staying at our Lodge in Manhattan - or any of our Lodges impacted by this storm - from continuing to experience this love, support, and HOPE.
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 nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $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 any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.