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American Cancer Society, Cleveland Hope Lodge
11432 Mayfield Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-2364
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Hope Lodge Connection
The Hope Lodge Connection provides an opportunity for daytime patients and family members (those not requiring an overnight stay) to use the living room area and nearby cancer resource center during their trip to Cleveland.
For more information on the Hope Lodge Connection, please contact Cris Williams at the Cleveland Hope Lodge, 216-844-HOPE (4673)
Hope Lodge Newsletters:
The Hope Lodge would like to keep our current and past guest updated on news and events going on at the Lodge. You can read the latest below:
Hope Lodge was featured in the Trumbull County Tribune:
CLEVELAND - In the middle of the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland, in the shadow of University Hospitals and just a stone's throw from the Cleveland Clinic, there sits an oasis for those undergoing cancer treatments. It's called Hope Lodge, and as those who work there and those who stay there both agree, it's a home away from home. There are 31 Hope Lodges throughout the United States, funded by the American Cancer Society. Hope Lodge offers free lodging for cancer patients and their caregivers who live at least an hour away from their treatment facilities.
Cris Williams, manager of Cleveland's Hope Lodge, emphasizes that it is not a hospice facility, and the focus is on healing.
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"Thank You so much for allowing me to stay at the Hope Lodge during my recuperation from surgery. It was a Godsend for my husband as well as myself! We appreciated your kindness. We met some wonderful people during our stay and plan on continuing those friendships! Up until our stay, I hadn't been involved with a support group. Seeing and talking and eating with other patients, I realize how GOOD that 'bonding' feels. Again, thanks for everything!"
Appreciatively, Elizabeth Peppas , Nashville, TN
"Thanks so much for the opportunity to stay here at Hope Lodge. It was an inspiring time. You have created something very special and very rare here and I feel blessed to have been part of it."
Hope Lodge Welcomes South America Guests
To say that Moira and Jose Cristofano are grateful to have found the Hope Lodge is truly an
understatement. They have journeyed so far, from Uruguay to be exact, to receive the best
treatment for Jose. He is battling squamous cell carcinoma, the most common type of cancer
of the tongue.
Their cancer story began in October of 2010, when Jose found a small ulcer-type bump on
his tongue. The doctors in their country performed a biopsy and diagnosed him with cancer.
In November, Jose and Moira traveled to Argentina because in Uruguay he was unable to get
a much needed PET scan. After having the test, Jose and Moira traveled back to Uruguay for
his first surgery. Following the surgery, Jose endured three weeks of radiation.
In the spring of 2011, Jose started to feel sick again.
“We have family, an uncle, aunt, and four cousins who live in Washington, DC and they knew
about cancer treatment centers in the States,” said Moira. “They kept asking us to come here
to get help.”
Jose went through another surgery in Uruguay in August of 2011. In October they decided to
take the advice of their family and travel to the United States for treatment.
“From the moment we came here, we have had so much support from our family in Washington
who helped us get here financially and have done everything that they can to help us through
this difficult time,” said Moira.
On November 15, 2011, Jose had a 12-hour surgery that included removing most of his
tongue and restructuring it by using muscle from his leg. He was unable to swallow or
talk because of the surgery, but since then, he has shown much improvement and the
doctors believe they will be able to take his tracheostomy tube out after his treatments.
“He told me that he didn’t mind if he couldn’t talk, but he wants to eat,” Moira laughed. She
explained that her husband is of Italian descent and likes to cook pasta and eat family meals
together. “The doctor told him that he could if he works. I think when he finishes radiation then
he will work on his speech and have food again.”
Moira and Jose Cristafano traveled from South American for Jose’s treatment and felt fortunate to be guests at Hope Lodge.
It wasn’t until December that Moira and Jose learned of the Hope Lodge. “We were staying in a guest house and it was
hard for us there. My family in Washington asked the doctors if we could come back there to finish treatments, but they
thought we should stay here because the doctors knew him here,” said Moira.
“So the doctor asked, ‘Why are you not staying at the Hope Lodge?’ We got there on December 23. It has been very nice
and we feel at home,” said Moira. “We have three children who are in Uruguay. They are 25, 22,
and 17. We talk on Skype all of the time and my oldest son was afraid that we were alone,” she said. “I told him that we
are not alone. It is like family here and that really made him feel better. We worry about them, but they want us to stay
here until he is better.”
“I am taking back books to my country to tell them about this place and I am going to take books to my family in
Washington to let them know. It is a very, very nice place to be together. We have music and the dinners that go on to
make the days [easier],” she said.
After Jose finishes his treatment they are going back home to Uruguay. “Many people are helping us with this difficult
thing in our life. Many people are doing things in the Hope Lodge. Our family in Washington were the ones that kept
telling us to come here and supported us,” she said. “Many people are around us that love my husband that are helping
us in Uruguay with our children and our jobs. We are so grateful.”
If you or your loved one is fighting cancer and would like to know more about the Hope Lodge, you can call the American
Cancer Society any time, day or night at 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org/hopelodge.