AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center—
Boston, MA

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125 South Huntington Avenue , Boston, MA 02130 Phone: 617-396-5514

About Our Facility

Welcome to the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, just minutes from the city's world-class medical institutions.

This state-of-the-art facility serves as a "home away from home" for patients traveling more than 40 miles to their outpatient treatments. There is no charge to stay at Hope Lodge, for either the patient or his or her caregivers.

The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston allows patients to focus on their recovery by providing:

  • 40 private patient suites, each with a sitting room, bathroom, and bedroom with two beds
  • Common areas including a library, courtyards, and a meal preparation and dining area
  • Transportation to treatment
  • The on-site resources of an American Cancer Society Quality of Life Center

In comfortable surroundings abutting Boston's famed Emerald Necklace network of parks, patients and caregivers can discuss their experiences, share stories, eat meals together, and draw strength from one another.

For many, treatment at medical centers in Boston offers the greatest hope of beating their cancer. However, we know that the cost of traveling far from home and then facing the expense of hotels, meals, and transportation, can make that option prohibitive for many. The Lodge provides approximately 13,000 nights of free lodging to cancer patients every year.  A typical guest spends six weeks at the Lodge, saving more than $6,000.

Since its opening in November 2008, the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston has provided over 94,000 nights of free lodging to 2,850 cancer patients from 48 states and 15 countries, saving them more than $17 million in housing costs.

Our History

When the Hope Lodge opened in November 2008, $27 million had been raised by the volunteer Boston Regional Campaign Cabinet, co-chaired by David S. Rosenthal, MD and Burt Adelman, MD.  The outstanding efforts of this committee and the many others who supported the effort made it possible for the American Cancer Society to open the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston two full years ahead of schedule to begin providing free lodging to those who traveled to Boston for their cancer treatment, but fundraising efforts are still underway.  When the Lodge opened, we still needed to raise $4 million to cover construction costs and related capital expenses. 

In 2004, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute invested $2.5 million in the project, followed in 2005 by gifts of $2 million each from Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women's Hospital, the founding hospitals of Partners HealthCare. The combined investments of the three hospitals enabled the American Cancer Society to purchase the site of the former Vincent Memorial Hospital for the new Lodge.

In December 2006, the American Cancer Society, New England Division, received a $7 million gift from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP, one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, to name the building at 125 South Huntington Avenue.

Four gifts of $1 million or more, as well as numerous six-figure gifts, have been received from individuals, philanthropists, organizations, and foundations committed to increasing access to state-of-the-art treatment for cancer patients living outside the greater Boston area.

If you would like to make a gift to the Lodge, please contact Christopher Thomas, our senior vice president for leadership giving, at or 508-270-4830.

Staff and Volunteers

Matthew Blom, Senior Manager
AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Boston
125 South Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617-396-5510
Fax: 617-278-1585
Assistant Manager
Jamie Pernaa
Administrative Assistant
Jessica Brooks
Evening Coordinator
Ann Brady


Our address is:

AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston
125 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130

The 48,000-square-foot AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center is located at the site of the former Vincent Memorial Hospital, close to Boston's world-class medical institutions. We are accessible on the MBTA via the Heath Street stop on the Green Line (E).

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Volunteering for the American Cancer Society means you have an opportunity to save lives and fulfill your own. When you volunteer, you can:

  • - Make a meaningful difference in your community
  • - Help cancer patients and their families
  • - Have flexible options and opportunities that fit your schedule
  • - Build relationships and networks that last a lifetime
  • - Learn and grow personally and professionally
  • - Involve your family and friends

Group Opportunities:

  • Prepare a meal for guests during the week
  • Group clean-up and organization
  • Game night
  • Talent night
  • Barbeque
  • Ice cream social
  • Adopt-a-Holiday
  • Food Drive
  • Landscaping
  • Fundraisers

Individual Opportunities:

  • Drivers
  • Reception coverage
  • Special projects suited to your interests
  • Obtaining gift cards or tickets for local events or museums
  • Join a program: Mind/Body Program – Combination of yoga instructors, nutritionists, massage therapists, and chefs who run events to promote healthy and active living. Community Relations Program – Helps to maintain relationships with our local schools, businesses, and organizations through outreach programs and initiatives.

If you would like to volunteer at the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston, please fill out our Volunteer Information Form and send it to our volunteer coordinator at or fax it to (617) 278-1585.

How You Can Support Hope Lodge

If you would like to make a gift to the Lodge, please contact Christopher Thomas, our senior vice president for leadership giving, at or 508-270-4830. Below are other ways to help:

Hope Lodge Day-of-the-Month Club

The Hope Lodge Day-of-the-Month Club offers donors the opportunity to honor a special someone or a special day, such as a birthday, anniversary, or perhaps the day you learned you were cancer free. Reserve that special day, or a weekend, or month, as your “Official” Day-of-the-Month at the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, and it will become a special day in the life of the guests and caregivers by covering Lodge operating costs, programs, and services for that period of time.  

As a thank you for your contribution, your name, or the name of your special someone, will be posted at the Lodge, and along with receiving individual acknowledgment, you will be invited to the annual Day-of-the-Month Club reception. 

To learn more about the Day-of-the-Month Club, or to make a gift to the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, please contact Chris Thomas at 508-270-4830 or at

Conquer Cancer License Plates

If you have a vehicle registered in Massachusetts, there's an easy way to support the Lodge – select the Conquer Cancer license plates when you renew your registration. The benefit plates support five cancer organizations, including the American Cancer Society, which is dedicating the funds to the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston. For every plate registered, the Lodge receives $12 directly, as well as additional funds upon renewal. Susan Zuker, the founder of the Conquer Cancer Coalition and the driving force behind the plates, hopes the plates will eventually raise $100,000 for the Lodge every year. According to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, the initial registration fee is $50 and the special plate fee is $40. The renewal fee is $90 every two years. The special plate fee is tax deductible. 

Thanks to our Volunteers

The American Cancer Society, New England Division, is so grateful to everyone who has helped bring this dream of a Hope Lodge in Boston to fruition. We have many people to thank, particularly the volunteers who helped line up support for the project and oversaw its design.

Here are the members of our leadership committees:

Boston Regional Campaign Cabinet

  • David S. Rosenthal, MD, Co-Chair
  • Burt Adelman, MD, Co-Chair
  • Roberta Berry, Design Committee Chair
  • Dennis R. Cataldo
  • Brian Conway
  • James B. Conway
  • Francis L. Coolidge, Esq.
  • Ingersoll Cunningham
  • Barbara Davis
  • Joseph G. Doody
  • Kim D. Gatof, PhD
  • Jeff Hanke, PhD
  • Sarah H. Mazur Goldstein
  • Francis J. McCormack
  • Judy Rosenthal, C & A Committee Chair
  • C. Forbes Sargent, III
  • Robert F. Stott

Design Committee

  • Roberta Berry, Chair
  • Dennis R. Cataldo
  • Barbara Davis
  • Thomas Farrington
  • Cathy Jenkins
  • Victor F. Ortale, AIA
  • Charles E. Pappalardo
  • Sherri Rullen

Cultivation & Awareness Committee

  • Judy Rosenthal, Chair
  • Jean Aserkoff
  • Mary Costanza, MD
  • Ingersoll Cunningham
  • Barbara Davis
  • Elaine Ellis
  • Jacquelyn Gagnon
  • Joan Garb
  • Kim D. Gatof, PhD
  • Edna Glass
  • Sarah H. Mazur Goldstein
  • Dorothy Gottlieb
  • Stephanie Harriston-Diggs
  • Rosalind Kaplan
  • Laurie Sandler

Being a Hope Lodge guest is a courtesy extended at the sole discretion of the American Cancer Society. All individuals who meet Hope Lodge eligibility requirements will be welcomed regardless of race, creed, citizenship, disability, gender, color, ethnic heritage, veteran status, economic status, or sexual orientation.