HopeClub Launches Renovations
American Cancer Society Renovates HopeClub, Construction Begins on the Donald R. Led Duke Family Center of the American Cancer Society
Latham, NY (April 3, 2012) – With the goal of serving more newly diagnosed cancer patients than ever before, the American Cancer Society today announced plans to renovate its existing HopeClub facility and expand the building to house its regional headquarters. American Cancer Society officials were joined by key donors, volunteers and community leaders to break ground on the addition to the existing building.
“This construction project is the next step in the natural evolution of the American Cancer Society in the Capital Region,” said Jeanne Walsh, American Cancer Society Executive Vice President, Upstate New York. “The spirit of love, support and camaraderie that is felt at HopeClub is unparalled and due to this project we’ll be able to serve more people than ever before.”
A highlight of the announcement was the detailing of the Donald R. Led Duke Family Center of the American Cancer Society. The late Led Duke founded BBL Construction Services and was an enthusiastic supporter of HopeClub. At the time of his death, Led Duke expressed his commitment to making the merger of the American Cancer Society and Gilda’s Club of the Capital Region a success so as many people could be served as possible.
“Don had a vision for HopeClub that we’re dedicated to making a reality,” said Steve Obermayer, BBL Construction Services. “We’re proud to complete this project in his name and proud of so many of our community partners who recognized Don’s passion and pledged support for this project.”
HopeClub is the hub of all American Cancer Society programs and services in the Capital Region. The range of offerings include patient navigation, support groups, children’s programs, wellness classes, social events and more. A community atmosphere of understanding and hope permeates the entire facility. HopeClub is open to anyone touched by cancer – survivors, family, friends, and coworkers. Over the past year and a half, the number of people served by HopeClub has more than doubled to nearly 800.
The construction project includes renovating the existing HopeClub facility by knocking down walls to make the children’s area larger and refreshing other parts of the club. Space formerly occupied by a tenant will be retrofitted and an addition will be constructed to create office space for more than 30 employees.
The project is made possible through the efforts of the HopeClub Capital Campaign committee led by Michael Castellana, President & CEO, SEFCU and Ken Raymond, Coldwell Banker Prime Properties. The campaign goal is $2 million that will pay for the cost of the improvement and expansion; fulfill the mortgage obligation on the property; and cover operating expenses for approximately two years. The American Cancer Society office located at 260 Osborne Road in Loudonville currently is for sale.
The American Cancer Society’s Capital Region territory encompasses 13 counties (Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties). In those counties, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 7,900 residents will be diagnosed with cancer and more than 2,900 will die of this disease this year.
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.