American Cancer Society Hope Lodge—Buffalo
Happy Birthday to our Buffalo Hope Lodge Program!
As the official sponsor of birthdays, the American Cancer Society knows just how important each and every birthday is. That is why we are excited to celebrate the 30th birthday of our Hope Lodge facility in Buffalo, New York. Since opening its doors on August 24, 1984, the Buffalo facility has provided more than 150,000 nights of free lodging to more than 21,000 patients and their caregivers. That’s a lot of hope!
“Having cancer is hard. Having to travel away from home for treatment can make it even harder,” said Ann Raderman, director of the Buffalo Hope Lodge facility. “Guests come to us from all over the globe and find comfort, companionship, support, and hope when they walk through our doors.”
The Queen Ann-style Victorian home was originally built in 1890 and is located in Buffalo’s historic Delaware District. The 15-room facility offers convenient access to the world-class treatment centers in Western New York, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Sister’s Hospital, Erie County Medical Center, CCS Oncology, and Cancer Care. Guests have traveled to Buffalo from across the country, with many coming from the Northeast. In addition, guests have come from nine countries, including Greece, Italy, Germany, Egypt, the Philippines, Canada, India, Pakistan, and England.
The guest book at our facility is filled with wishes for support. An entry from October 11, 1991, reads, “As we leave the Hope Lodge facility for Florida, we have realized how much we will miss it and all the friends we have met. The Hope Lodge facility became our home away from home. Staying here has helped make this encounter with cancer more bearable with all the love and support we received. Thank you, and our love and thoughts will always be with everyone. – The Supers, Port St. Lucie, Florida.”
An entry from September 22, 1994, captures the spirit of the Hope Lodge program: “When I first came here diagnosed with cancer, I felt like my world was falling apart. In a way, I didn’t care if I was going to live or die … But I made it through chemo and radiation. Best of all, I met a lot of new friends here in Buffalo at the Hope Lodge facility. If it wasn’t for the very special friends I met here, I don’t know where I would be now … you were all here for me – you helped someone you didn’t know. Your friend forever, Terry.”
Welcome to the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge Buffalo.
At the Hope Lodge Buffalo, we understand that treatment for cancer can be both financially and emotionally overwhelming. For many, treatment at Buffalo area medical centers provides the greatest hope, but requires an out of town stay, adding the extra burden of travel, lodging and food expenses. That is why the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge Buffalo offers lodging at no cost for cancer patients being treated in the Buffalo area.
The Hope Lodge Buffalo offers:
- 15 guest rooms: four rooms with private bathrooms, eleven rooms with shared bathrooms
- A common kitchen area with two ovens, two stoves, two sinks, two dishwashers and two refrigerators
- Cable TV in all guest rooms
- Telephones in all guest rooms
- Internet access (cable) in all guest rooms
- Common living room with cable TV
- Common library with an Internet access computer workstation
- Private sitting areas
- Outdoor patio garden
- Free laundry facilities
- Transportation to and from treatment
- Cancer support and information
While the facility offers many of the comforts of home, the true magic of the Hope Lodge is the inviting atmosphere. Other guests, facing similar circumstances, rally around each other, offering strength and support. The volunteers and staff, many of whom are cancer survivors, strive to create an environment where guests can relax and concentrate on getting well.
In the early 1980's, the American Cancer Society's Western New York Region was approached by a nearby cancer treatment facility about bringing the Society's Hope Lodge to Western New York. A feasibility study was conducted, and found that there were many patients coming to the Buffalo area for their cancer treatment, but could not afford the additional cost of lodging and meals associated with their out of town stay. The feasibility study actually revealed that many patients were sleeping in their cars to avoid the cost of a hotel room.
In October of 1983, through the successful fundraising efforts of many volunteers, the American Cancer Society purchased a lovely late-Victorian home at 197 Summer Street in downtown Buffalo.
The house was renovated in January of 1984 and includes family dining and kitchen facilities, a living room, reception area, and 15 guest bedrooms. An elevator was also added.
In August of 1984, Hope Lodge Buffalo became the sixth of its kind in the nation and opened its doors to its first patients.
Since its opening, the Hope Lodge Buffalo has served as a home away from home to patients and their caregivers from all over the globe, including Greece, and many parts of the Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
The staff at Hope Lodge Buffalo is a dedicated group who are committed to provide a caring and supportive environment for our guests and their loved ones. We are here to make your stay as comfortable as possible, so please do not hesitate to ask for our assistance.
Ann Raderman, Director
Charles Mays, Administrative Assistant
Cindy Piccolo, Resident Manager
Thank you to the many people, organizations, hospitals and friends who make the operation of Hope Lodge Buffalo possible. Without their support, we would not be able to provide such a meaningful impact in the fight against cancer. If your organization, group or business would like to volunteer at the Hope Lodge, please contact Ann Raderman at 716.882.9244.
Our address is:
Hope Lodge Buffalo
197 Summer Street
Buffalo, NY 14222
Find Us on Google Maps
Traveling from the Greater Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Start out going West on Genesee Street/NY-33 toward Luiz F. Kahl Way. Turn slight left onto NY-33 West/Kensignton Expressway. Take the Best Street exit toward Science Museum.Turn right onto Best Street. Best Street becomes Summer Street.
Traveling from the North
Take I-190 South to Porter Avenue Exit.Continue on Porter to roundabout and take the second exit onto North Street.Turn left onto Elmwood Avenue.Turn right onto Summer Street.
Traveling from the East
Take I-90 West - New York State Thruway toward Buffalo.Merge onto NY-33 West/Kensington Expressway via exit 51 West toward Buffalo.Take the Best Street exit toward Science Museum.Turn right onto Best Street.Best Street becomes Summer Street.
Traveling from the West/South
Take I-90 East - New York State Thruway toward Buffalo.Take exit 51-61 toward Buffalo (portions toll crossing into New York) to I-190 North.Exit Porter Avenue.Continue on Porter to roundabout and take the second exit onto North Street.Turn left onto Elmwood Avenue.Turn right onto Summer Street.