American Cancer Society Hope Lodge - Houston

Watercolor image of the new Hope Lodge Houston

Expected ground-breaking...2015!
7505 Almeda Road
Houston, Texas 77054

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Please call the American Cancer Society
at 
1-800-227-2345 for more information.

About Hope Lodge Houston


 Letter from the Campaign Chairs click to expand

Cancer is a disease that affects almost every family in some way.  Being told “you have cancer” can cause great fear and anxiety.  We know—our own family has been touched by cancer, and you are never really prepared to hear those words.  A cancer diagnosis can be devastating no matter your situation, but low-income and minority patients are especially vulnerable when cancer strikes. 

Every year, thousands of people from across the country and around the world come to the Texas Medical Center to receive life-saving treatment.  When you combine mounting medical bills and interrupted employment with the expense of hotels, meals, and local transportation, it can become overwhelming.  Sadly, many patients who could be treated successfully either put off treatment until it is too late, or forego treatment altogether because they have no place to stay. 

The American Cancer Society is the oldest and largest voluntary health agency in the world—helping people with cancer for almost 100 years.  For more than 40 years the Society has opened its doors to cancer patients who must leave home to receive treatment.  The first Hope Lodge was founded in Charleston, South Carolina in 1970.  Today, 31 Hope Lodges are located near major cancer centers and hospitals across the country.  Each provides free lodging and transportation for patients and their caregivers in a uniquely supportive and home-like environment that addresses their specific needs.   

As part of its mission to save lives and relieve suffering from cancer, the American Cancer Society seeks to raise $30 million to construct and operate Hope Lodge Houston, a no-cost residence providing free lodging for cancer patients visiting the Greater Houston area for treatment.  This project is extremely important and its impact will expand across all borders.   

Along with President George Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush, we are proud to help lead this effort in our community.  Thank you for your consideration to support Hope Lodge Houston.  We would be honored to have you join us as we help “Build hope and Touch lives”.  Should you have questions, please contact Sandy Biggers, Hope Lodge Campaign Director, at (713) 706-5640 or
sandy.biggers@cancer.org

Sincerely,                                                                          


Robert and Janice McNair                                 
Hope Lodge Houston Campaign Chairs

 About Hope Lodge Houston click to expand

Every year, thousands of people from across the country and around the world come to the Texas Medical Center to receive life-saving treatment. When you combine mounting medical bills and interrupted employment with the expense of hotels, meals, and local transportation, it can become overwhelming. Sadly, many patients who could be treated successfully either put off treatment until it is too late, or forego treatment altogether because they have no place to stay.

As part of the Society's mission to save lives and relieve suffering from cancer, it seeks to raise $30 million to construct and operate Hope Lodge Houston, a residence that will provide lodging at no cost to cancer patients visiting the Greater Houston area.

Hope Lodge Houston will be the largest facility of its kind in the country, offering free accommodations and transportation for 62 patients and their caregivers (approximately 23,000 nights of free lodging annually) in a unique homelike setting that addresses their specific needs.

Some of the amenities of the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge Houston will include:

  • 62 patient rooms, each with a private bath and television
  • Shared kitchen and dining spaces
  • Help-yourself pantry/pots and pans
  • Daily access to fresh linens and laundry facilities
  • A resource library with an Internet computer station
  • Family recreation rooms with chairs, sofas and television
  • Outdoor patio area and healing garden
  • Free on-site, easily accessible garage and surface parking
  • Free daily transportation to and from treatment centers


Conveniently located at 7505 Almeda Road in the expanding Texas Medical Center, Hope Lodge Houston will also house the Society's staff and volunteers, enhancing the organization's ability to serve patients throughout the Greater Houston area.

 Donate and Support Hope Lodge Houston click to expand

Several community partners have already shown their support of this exciting and life-changing service to cancer patients in the Greater Houston area. Special thanks to all of our foundation and corporate early lead supporters!

It is important to the community that as many donors invest in the success of the campaign as is possible. You can make a financial contribution to support the building of the Hope Lodge Houston online or through our campaign office.

To receive a naming opportunity for your gift of $50,000 and above, please click on the "Name Recognition Opportunities" tab below or you may contact Sandy Biggers directly at (713) 706-5640.

To make a donation now, please click on the "Donate to this Hope Lodge" button on the top-right portion of the website. If you prefer to mail your gift, please send your completed donation or pledge form to:

American Cancer Society
Attn: Sandy Biggers
6301 Richmond Avenue
Houston, TX 77057

Checks should be made out to American Cancer Society with a memo or accompanying letter stating that the gift is for Hope Lodge Houston. Credit cards accepted include: American Express, VISA, MasterCard and Discover.

American Cancer Society Inc. is a 501c3 organization; federal tax id #13-1788491. Your donation is deductible to the fullest extent provided by law. Please consult with your tax advisor regarding specific questions you may have regarding tax deductions.

 

 Name Recognition Opportunities click to expand

Hope Lodge Houston is funded through community support. Funds donated will provide cancer patients traveling to Houston for treatment a free "home away from home" while they focus on their health. In recognition of their leadership gifts to the Hope Lodge Houston campaign, the following named recognition opportunities are available to our generous donors.

 

     HOPE LODGE HOUSTON CAMPUS                                      $ 12 Million

     HOPE LODGE HOUSTON                                                     $   6 Million 

     ACS VOLUNTEER/PATIENT CENTER                                    $   4 Million 

     PARKING GARAGE/DECK                                                    $   2 Million

1st FLOOR

     HOPE LODGE RECEPTION                                                 $  1 Million
     SOLD: Robert and Janice McNair Foundation

     LIBRARY                                                                            $  1 Million 

     NORTH LIVING ROOM                                                         $  1 Million 

     SOUTH LIVING ROOM                                                         $  1 Million 

     DINING ROOM                                                                     $  1 Million 

     EAST KITCHEN                                                                    $  500,000 

     WEST KITCHEN                                                                   $  500,000 

     EXERCISE ROOM                                                                $  500,000 

     GARDEN TERRACE                                                             $  500,000
     RESERVED: T. L. L. Temple Foundation

     GARDEN FOUNTAIN                                                             $  500,000
     RESERVED: T. L. L. Temple Foundation

     MANAGER’S SUITE                                                              $  250,000 

     AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY LOBBY                                 $  250,000
     SOLD: The Cullen Foundation

     PRIVATE MEETING ROOM                                                    $  250,000
     SOLD: The Cullen Foundation

     NORTH OFFICE                                                                    $  100,000
     SOLD: Drs. Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields / JD Fields & Company, Inc.

     SOUTH OFFICE                                                                    $  100,000 

     WEEKEND STAFF SUITE                                                      $  100,000 

     EAST PANTRY                                                                      $  100,000 

     WEST PANTRY                                                                     $  100,000     

2nd FLOOR

     BOARD ROOM                                                                      $  500,000 

     NORTH CONFERENCE ROOM                                               $  100,000 

     CENTRAL CONFERENCE ROOM                                           $  100,000
     SOLD: Joy Foundation

     SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM                                               $  100,000 

     WEST CONFERENCE ROOM (Large)                                      $  100,000
     SOLD: Barbara and Roy Adams

     RECEPTION AREA                                                                 $  100,000
     RESERVED: Deborah and Gary Gibson

3rd FLOOR

     SUPPORT GROUP MEETING ROOM                                       $  250,000
     SOLD: The Ralph H. and Ruth J. McCullough Foundation &
                 The William A. and Madeline Welder Smith Foundation

     BEAUTY/BARBER SHOP                                                        $  250,000 

     RECEPTION AREA                                                                 $  100,000 

     NORTH FITTING ROOM                                                           $  100,000 

     SOUTH FITTING ROOM                                                           $  100,000  

4th FLOOR

     PATIENT DAYROOM                                                                $  100,000 

     32 PATIENT ROOMS (4 SOLD, 28 available)                               $    50,000/EA 
     SOLD: HWCG LLC - Don Weisinger Memorial Golf Tournament
                The Lyons Foundation
                Marathon Oil Corporation
                VICTORY (a volunteer branch of the American Cancer Society)
                                                                                                                                                   

5th FLOOR

     CHAPEL/PRAYER ROOM                                                        $  250,000 

     PATIENT DAYROOM                                                                $  100,000
     SOLD
: George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation

     30 PATIENT ROOMS (2 SOLD; 28 available)                              $   50,000/EA
     SOLD
: Carol and Paul Beck/MacQuarie Group Froundation
                Bill and Carol Lawler

                                                                                                                                                                                       

 Staff and Community Leaders click to expand

The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Houston Capital Campaign is led by the following community members and staff:

 
Honorary Chairs:

President George and Mrs. Barbara Bush

 

Campaign Chairs:

Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. McNair

 

Advisory Council:

Mary Margaret Carroll, MMCarroll and Associates / J Hilburn Partners

Robert L. Easton, American Cancer Society / Harris County, former Chairman

Deborah S. Gibson, Amegy Bank

Gary F. Gibson, Star Furniture Company

Connie Haddox, Community Leader / Philanthropist

Joanie Haley, The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation

Ellen Hyman, Community Leader / Philanthropist

John Kyger, American Cancer Society, retired

Thomas Seerden, American Cancer Society, retired

Cynthia Urquhart, Community Leader / Philanthropist

Theodore J. Yank, MHA, Baylor College of Medicine

 

Ex-Officio Advisory Council:

Tadd Tellepsen, Tellepsen Corporation

W. Temple Webber III, Temple Webber Photographer

 

Staff Partners:

Sandy Biggers, Campaign Director

Betti Guzman, Senior Director of Community Engagement

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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.