News and Stories
2806 Reading Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45206
News and Stories
Hope Lodge Newsletters:
Please enjoy our newsletters. In them you will find stories from our previous guest, volunteers, and donors.
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Our recent stay at Hope Lodge during Carolyn's visit to UC Hospital for exploratory surgery was one of the most meaningful experiences of our life.
The American Cancer Society, you, your staff and corporate and private contributors are to be commended for your message of 'Hope and Compassion' for cancer patients.
During our visit you told us that Dr. Warnick and the UC Brain Tumor Institute had recently presented Hope Lodge with a check for $1,000.00. You may recall, Dr. Warnick is one of the doctors treating Carolyn's brain cancer.
Through the small business we operate we want to make a matching contribution to the one received from Dr. Warnick's group. Dr. Warnick is an inspiration to us and as you said, "he is a good man." Enclosed you will find our check for $1,000.00.
One of our favorite gospel songs is Little is Much, When God is in it. We truthfully wish the check could be for more, but we have prayed over it and asked God to multiply the blessings it can bring to those who will be the benefactors of the hospitality and spirit of Hope Lodge. Hope Lodge of Cincinnati is in our prayers every day.
Carolyn is doing wonderfully well. We are thrilled and excited about our future together. God and good doctors are working a miracle in her.
Thank you again for sharing Hope Lodge with us. May God richly bless Hope Lodge and staff with energy, resources and love to keep the doors open until cancer is defeated once and for always."
– Joe & Carolyn Spiller, Bluffton, Ohio
"Without the Hope Lodge I would not have been able to come to Cincinnati for my life-saving surgery and treatment… Hope Lodge saved me."
- Shirley Johnson, former guest
"It made the whole terrible ordeal that our family went through so much easier. The Hope Lodge was a real life-saver."
- Janet Myers, former guest
"At the end of the day, I feel like I'm coming home to loved ones at the lodge. The staff and other guests have been so welcoming to me. I receive the refreshment and restoration I need to go back to another day of caregiving for my husband."
- Susan Holliday, former caregiver and guest
My Stay at the Cincinnati Hope Lodge
by Shirley Johnson of Englewood, Fla.
I never expected my cancer treatment would bring me to Cincinnati. After my surgery two years ago, I thought I had beaten cancer. But just eight months later, it returned to my neck and upper chest. Doctors in Atlanta told me it was inoperable, but I wanted a second opinion.
Thankfully, a friend of mine put me in touch with doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. To my delight, they said they could help; they would remove the cancer and give me six weeks of radiation.
But the great news led to more problems. Where in Cincinnati would I stay, and how could I pay for an extended hotel visit on my fixed income? Thankfully, a nurse told me about the American Cancer Society's Cincinnati Hope Lodge, the home away from home for cancer patients. It seemed too good to be true.
When we arrived at the Hope Lodge after our long 500-mile drive from Atlanta, I suddenly had hope again - hope to beat cancer and hope to have a wonderful place where my daughter Sandy and I could stay.
Hope Lodge provides for every need you could possibly have. It offers a clean, safe, beautiful room and full bath. It's close to the hospitals and treatment centers with transportation in the Kroger van. You can prepare your own food in one of the four full kitchens. Each floor has a large laundry room with supplies of Tide, Downy and Bounce. Guests have access to computers, books and movies. Most importantly, the spiritual support we received from guests and staff meant a great deal to us.
Without the Hope Lodge I would not have been able to come to Cincinnati for my life-saving surgery and treatment. When this word "cancer" attacks a member of your family, it is wonderful to know that you can seek out a doctor and treatment that can save your life, no matter how far away from your home that may be. Hope Lodge saved me. I’m happy to say that I’ve been cancer-free for almost a year.
The Hope Lodge can only continue with generous donations and volunteers. What better place to give your time and money than to a place that gives hope to so many.
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Volunteer Gives Time and Donation to Hope Lodge
It’s been nearly four years since the first time Dennis Loje started recruiting volunteers from Ethicon to
cook meals for patients and their caregivers at Hope Lodge. “When we first started there were about five
of us. Now we have more than 20 people who volunteer either by cooking or donating items,” said Dennis.
Nearly 10 years ago, Dennis’ father was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Dennis was unable to donate
his kidney, but after meeting with the American Cancer Society and finding out more about the Hope
Lodge, he knew this would be his way of giving back.
“We’ve met so many people that have left a lasting impression and put life into perspective. The best
part of the evening is having dinner with everyone and how they are so positive,” said Dennis.
He goes on to tell a story of a young woman he met at Hope Lodge who was in her early twenties. Her
immune system was so weak it could not handle outside exposure and she had to be quarantined
for nearly a year. She was at Children’s Hospital and she was so weak she slept most of her days away.
When she started to feel better she would draw pictures for the children who were patients so that
their walls would not be bare while staying at the hospital.
“In spite of what she was going through, she was still doing what she could to help others,” said Dennis.
“I couldn’t imagine being in a little room for that amount of time. I can barely sit on an hour flight on
an airplane,” he chuckled.
Dennis is quite modest about his recent recognition as Johnson & Johnson’s Volunteer of the Year.
This prestigious title enabled Dennis to designate a donation of $10,000 to his charity of choice, and
he chose the American Cancer Society. “We get more out of Hope Lodge than anything,” he said.
“Our company does a lot of volunteer work, but this is unique. I don’t know of any programs at Ethicon
where people go out and cook for other people.”
The employees are glad to donate their time and the food. They all chip in and come to Hope Lodge after
work. The goal is to have a group from Ethicon come out every week.
Pan Ohio Hope Ride
The American Cancer Society Pan Ohio Hope Ride has grown exponentially in five years. This year is
expected to be the biggest and most successful ride yet. The ride supports the Society’s goal to save
lives and create a world with more birthdays. It has raised more than one million dollars to help people
stay well, help people get well, to find cures, and to fight back. One of the ways the Society helps cancer
patients get the care they need is through Hope Lodge. Cyclists love the cause…and the ride.
“It’s an event that you walk away from feeling like you were treated like a king or a queen,”
said Matthew Davidson, Hope Ride co-chair. “This is my third year doing the ride, but I can recall
my first year as a rider and meeting everyone for the first time. I just showed up in Cleveland
ready to ride. It was as if I had known everyone for years. It is a family atmosphere – we are all
there for the same cause.”
“I have been an avid cyclist. I had never heard of Pan Ohio until a representative from the
American Cancer Society came and talked to our company CEO about the ride because
we have a cycle team there,” said Davidson. “I got really excited about it and I have been
involved ever since.”
Whether you have been an avid cyclist for years or this is your first time picking up a bicycle to ride
since middle school, it doesn’t matter. This ride is made for any and every one.
"Just get on your bike and start riding. Set a goal. Say ‘This week I will ride one mile, next week
two miles, and slowly build yourself up,” Davidson explained. “There is no set speed, it’s a ride.
It doesn’t matter how fast you get there, it just matters that you get there.”
The Pan Ohio Hope Ride is 328 miles; it starts in Cleveland and ends in Cincinnati.
Riders may participate in one, two or all four days of the tour. People can get involved in
other ways by volunteering to help at one of the stops. If someone is unable to make it to the ride,
he or she can be a virtual participant and sign up. Online fundraising is available and encouraged
to support the cause virtually, earning incentives, such as an event jersey.
At the Hope Lodge, guests rally around each other to form strong friendships.
Last year, 2,900 patients and caregivers stayed at one of the four American Cancer Society
East Central Division Hope Lodge facilities in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Hershey and Philadelphia,
saving them approximately $4.2 million in lodging cost. The Society also has 31 other Hope Lodge
facilities near major cancer centers, and works on lodging partnerships to help patients who have to travel.
There is still time to register for the ride.
Residency at a Hope Lodge facility is a courtesy extended at the sole discretion of American Cancer Society. All individuals who meet the Hope Lodge eligibility requirements will be welcomed regardless of race, creed, citizenship, physical disability, gender, color, ethnic heritage, veteran status, economic status, or sexual orientation. For admissions information, please select a Hope Lodge location.