Hope Lodge in Burlington, VT, Offers Temporary Home for Cancer Patients Undergoing Treatment at Fletcher Allen
(Burlington, VT)- The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Lois McClure – Bee Tabakin Building is open for patients traveling to Burlington, VT, for outpatient treatment.
There is no cost to stay, and family members are welcome, too. To learn more, call Angela Putnam, its director, at 802.658.0649.
The 13,000-square-foot facility at 237 East. Ave. opened in 2008. Close to Fletcher Allen Health Care, it provides free temporary housing and support services to more than 2,000 cancer patients and their families each year. It triples the capacity of the old non-handicapped accessible house down the street, which the American Cancer Society had operated as a Hope Lodge since 1983.
The Lodge features 16 private suites, including accommodations for immune-suppressed patients, and 24-hour staffing. There are common living and dining areas, quality of life and cancer resource centers, and space for complementary therapies such as yoga and massage. Guests come from Vermont and other New England states, from New York, Canada, and beyond.
A typical guest of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Burlington saves $1,126 by staying at the Lodge while undergoing treatment at Fletcher Allen. Since the new building opened, we've saved our guests more than $1.4 million
Building name honors two Burlington-area women
The Lodge in Vermont's largest city is named in honor of two lifelong Burlington area friends, Lois McClure and Bee Tabakin, who had the honor of cutting the ribbon at a Nov. 14, 2007, ceremony attended by more than 100 volunteers, benefactors, Hope Lodge guests, neighbors, and local campaign committee members.
Lois McClure of Shelburne is the founding donor for the campaign, and Beatrice “Bee” Tabakin of Burlington is a longtime volunteer for the Society and a member of the Hope Lodge campaign committee. Both women have lost daughters and other family members to cancer, and Ms. Tabakin is herself a cancer survivor.
Your support is still needed
Continued financial support is needed to cover the ongoing operating costs of the Vermont Lodge. To learn how you can help, with a gift or as a volunteer, please visit our Hope Lodge Burlington Web site or call Hilary Casillas, American Cancer Society state vice president for development, at 802.872.6313.