American Cancer Society Harrah's Hope Lodge—
Hope Lodge Arrives in Memphis
Cancer patients fighting for their lives won’t have to worry about where they’re going to stay when receiving treatment in Memphis, or how they’re going to pay for it.
The American Cancer Society Harrah's Hope Lodge was dedicated in Memphis on Nov. 18, a culmination of the tireless efforts of hundreds of volunteers, donors, and medical professionals. The American Cancer Society Harrah’s Hope Lodge will help lessen the financial burden on adult patients traveling to Memphis for treatment at one of the metropolitan area’s many cancer facilities.
Patients can require daily treatment for multiple weeks, and staying in a hotel for that long would be expensive. The American Cancer Society Harrah’s Hope Lodge allows patients and a caregiver to stay at no cost and be with others going through the very same experience. Patients will be able to concentrate on their health and getting well.
“Three years ago you were asked to imagine a place where many could find courage, strength, assistance, and comfort during one of the most difficult periods in their lives,” said David Popwell, co-chairman of the capital campaign committee. “Today, I am so happy to welcome you here this afternoon as we dedicate that place.”
The facility includes 40 guest rooms, each with a private bath and sleeping accommodations for two. There is a community dining, kitchen, library, and recreational areas, and each floor will have a day room and guest laundry with 24 hour access.
“I’m thrilled by the outpouring of support from across our community to help ease the financial and emotional burdens on those who have been affected by this terrible disease,” said Peter Pettit, co-chairman of the capital campaign committee, past president of the American Cancer Society board, and a two-time cancer survivor.
The American Cancer Society Harrah’s Hope Lodge in Memphis joins four other Mid-South Division Lodges located in Nashville, Birmingham, Lexington, and New Orleans. In the Society’s most recent fiscal year, which ended August 31, these four “homes away from home” provided over 75,000 nights of free lodging to more than 4,800 patients and caregivers, saving them over $9.4 million in lodging expenses.
"Harrah’s is committed to supporting our communities and is proud to help fund the American Cancer Society Harrah’s Hope Lodge through this substantial Harrah’s Foundation donation,” said R. Scott Barber, advisory board member, Harrah’s Foundation and regional president, Harrah’s Mid-South. “It is our hope that through this donation, the American Cancer Society will make a positive, life changing impact in many of our neighbors’ and families’ lives when they need it most.”
Other leadership gifts include a no-cost lease of land valued at $1.5 million from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and $1 million grants from The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, Inc., and the Plough Foundation.
To make a donation to the American Cancer Society Harrah's Hope Lodge or for more information, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
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.