Hope Lodge NYC Update for March 2012

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Hope Lodge NYC has served more than 7,000 guests and saved patients $22 million in lodging costs

 

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By Karen Radwin
Senior Managing Executive, American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Jerome L. Greene Family Center

Welcome to the first of our new series of updates on happenings at the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Jerome L. Greene Family Center in New York City. The work we do in New York at Hope Lodge is just a small sample of how your time and generosity are helping us create a world with more birthdays!

Things are quite busy at Hope Lodge. Through January 31, 2012, we have served 7,332 guests (4,032 - patients; 3,300 - caregivers), from 46 states and 32 countries. We recently welcomed guests from Spain and are holding at 26 referral entities. Referral entities are places that refer patients to the our Hope Lodge.

An extremely telling statistic is the number of lodging nights provided: 67,188. When we factor in hotel costs, we are able to report that we have saved families over $22 million in lodging costs alone since we opened our doors!!!!

Hope Lodge NYC is proud to be part of the Relay For Life roster of events for the 3rd consecutive year. This year, our event is scheduled for June 21 and it is shaping up to be another great success. For further information: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=36560

Also, we could not function without the leadership of our hospitality volunteers who serve our guest population by providing support and answering questions, lending an ear when our guests are experiencing tough times, celebrating with them when they receive good news, serving as NYC tour guides, and hosting "hot ticket" events such as our weekly "Tea Time" gathering, knitting lessons, bingo, floral design sessions, and much more.

I'll leave you with some words of gratitude and inspiration from those we have served:

“I was given no hope in England. I was told I will die within 1 year and there are no more treatment options. I have 3 small children. We used our savings to get treatment in New York as doctors here do not give up on you! It was a hard decision because I need to leave as much money as possible for my husband and children in the event I die, as we rely on both our wages to pay our mortgage. I don’t think we could have afforded to pay for a hotel as well. We would, I’m sure of find a way, but it would not have been easy. Any mother or father amongst you will know how awful a situation it is to know you won’t see your beloved children grow up. I thank God that through your generosity you have made these difficult times easier for so many people like me. The last thing we need is additional financial worries.”
Beverley - Kidderminster,UK

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. People care, people know how hard this is with travel and treatments and side effects, with gratitude. Thank you also for the (Henry Schein) gift bags on arrival and check in on the sixth floor made us feel like we were attending our hotel for wedding or Bar Bat Mitzvah.”
Sandra – Suffern, NY

“There are no words to express our thanks for making this facility available to us. It made treatment (a stem cell transplant) a possibility, as we could not have managed this from our home in New Jersey. We believe the proximity to the hospital alleviated stress and allowed us to focus on my husband’s treatment. In addition, as expressed in the survey, the staff and volunteers felt like family. Furthermore, Jack was able to share his experiences with others undergoing similar treatment. That reduced his sense of isolation, as well as doing the same for others.”
Jack & Ethel – New Jersey

Additional Reading:
American Cancer Society Hope Lodge NYC
Hope and a Room in Manhattan

Watch: volunteer created video on Hope Lodge New York Relay For Life

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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 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.

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