Carol Grotnes Belk Campus—
AddressView Map269 Calhoun Street , Charleston, SC 29401 Phone: 843-958-0930Fax: 843-958-9054
Stories & Comments
After discovering that my husband, Steve, had a malignant brain tumor, our world seemed to stop. Not only were we overwhelmed by the emotions of facing this dreaded disease, we were living on a rural island off the coast of South Carolina with a long drive to access doctors and the treatment center that could offer him state-of-the-art treatment. The Charleston Hope Lodge was a port in the storm. For Steve, it was close to the hospital and he could walk every day. For me, it was a respite from the world at large and afforded me the time and energy to focus on the tasks at hand -- being Steve's caregiver and nothing else. As a couple, it became our home. The staff and fellow patients/caregivers became our immediate family. The strongest and most important, powerful bond you can have. The best support system you can ask for in any situation.
Because of the Hope Lodge we did not have to make the 180-mile round-trip drive daily; one that we would have made for six weeks and Steve could not have done. We did not have to house ourselves in a $150 per-day hotel room; not very cost-effective by any means. We had the closeness of the hospital for dire emergency purposes such as seizures and drug reactions. I had a computer available so I could work remotely and bring in an income. There was a community kitchen and laundry room for everyone's use. There were volunteers that came and cooked at least 3 nights a week to ease the burden from the caregivers. We could talk, 24/7, about cancer and it wasn't a dirty word. Words can only weakly describe the benefits one receives as a result of staying at the Hope Lodge.
- Jodi Roach, Beaufort, S.C.
Guest & Visitor Comments
- This time spent at Hope Lodge has given us an abundance of Hope for the future, continued belief that there is good, and friends to carry us forward. -- N. Blackman, Aiken, S.C.
- Hope Lodge is more than a place to stay during your battle with cancer. It is more than a place to get a hot meal after a long grueling day of chemo and radiation. Hope lodge is a place filled with love and support from strangers who quickly become family. -- K. Neely, Six Mile, S.C.
- The Hope Lodge is not just a place of comfort, but the genuine sharing of information, concerns, and emotions as you become a family. -- S. Roach
- This truly has been like a "home away from home" for me. It has been a blessing in my life. -- M. Jenkins
- They see some of it, but it's the unseen good that they do. If it weren't for Hope Lodge, the hardship on a lot of people who came in and out of here would be tremendous. They'll never ever know the good they do. -- Anonymous Hope Lodge guest, 2007
- Staying in a motel is so depressing for the caregiver. I was limited in what I could eat, and there was nothing you could do. It was just stay in the room. Whereas here, you can go downstairs, you get a cup of coffee, talk to other people. Everyone supports everyone.-- Anonymous Hope Lodge Guest 2007
- When you give to the Hope Lodge you give hugs, comfort, security, warmth, love, kindness, joy, friendship, and emotional support. The Hope Lodge becomes home and family, and relieves the financial burden of housing. It allows cancer patients and caregivers to concentrate on treatments and healing. I thank you for everyone who has and will benefit from staying here. -- R. Neely, former Hope Lodge Guest explaining the importance of supporting the Lodge
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.