AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society—
Cheltenham, PA

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110 W. Laurel Ave. , Cheltenham, PA 19012 Phone: 267-622-6000Fax: 267-622-6001

About Our Facility

Welcome to the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society in the Philadelphia area.

At the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, we understand that undergoing treatment for cancer can be both financially and emotionally overwhelming. For many, treatment at Philadelphia's medical centers provides the greatest hope, but requires that they be far from home, adding the additional burden of travel and lodging expenses. That is why the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society offers lodging at no cost for cancer patients being treated in the Philadelphia area.

Having cancer is hard. Finding help shouldn't be.

Getting emotional and social support from other survivors can be as important as getting the proper medical care. At the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, patients live with other people going through similar experiences, and are supported by caring staff and volunteers. The nurturing, comfortable environment at Hope Lodge allows patients to focus on what is most important - getting well.

Our Facility

The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge near the Philadelphia area offers:

  • * 37 guest suites with private baths
  • * Common kitchen area with four ovens, sinks, and stovetops
  • * Communal Living rooms and a library, a fitness room, and a reflection room
  • * Computer workstations and wireless internet access
  • * Private sitting areas and a courtyard terrace
  • * Washers and dryers on each floor
  • * Transportation to and from treatment
  • * Cancer support programs and services

While the facility offers many of the comforts of home, the true magic of the Hope Lodge is the inviting atmosphere. Other guests, facing similar circumstances, rally around each other, offering strength and support. At Hope Lodge, the volunteers and staff strive to create an environment where guests can relax and concentrate on getting well.


Our History

The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society became a reality when, recognizing the increased need for affordable housing for cancer patients, AstraZeneca generously offered the lead gift to build the first Hope Lodge in Philadelphia.

Additionally, Fox Chase Cancer Center donated 3.2 acres of land to serve as the future home for the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society in Philadelphia.

Donors', volunteers', and community leaders' vision and commitment added significantly to the milestone of the groundbreaking ceremony in spring 2007 and the grand opening in May 2009. Their support of the Hope Lodge program assures that 1,300 more cancer patients and their caregivers will have a home away from home, allowing up to 13,505 free nights of housing each year while undergoing treatment in Philadelphia.

Volunteers and Staff

The dedicated staff and volunteers who are available to assist you at the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society are committed to providing a caring and supportive environment for guests and their loved ones. Their goal is to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Byron Barksdale

Byron is the manager of AstraZeneca Hope Lodge. Byron brings to this role hotel management experience from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harrisburg where he was the front office manager. He also worked for Meyer/Jabbara Properties developing and preparing audit plans and reports for Penn Tower and Sheraton University City Hotels in Philadelphia.

Immediately prior to joining the American Cancer Society as a Patient Service Center Specialist, Byron worked as a Customer Relations Consultant forAT&T Wireless in Harrisburg. While there, he was key in providing training to new customer service representatives.

Byron holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bloomsburg University in Business Administration and Management.


From PA Turnpike heading East: I-76 turns to I-276, take exit 339 Philadelphia/Ambler (stay left), merge onto PA 309 South, slight left onto W. Cheltenham Ave., left onto Tookany Creed Pkwy (turns into Central Ave.), left onto W. Laurel Ave. You will see a white sign at the base of the Hope Lodge driveway leading to 110 W. Laurel Ave.

From PA Turnpike heading West: Take exit 351 Philadelphia US-1 South, slight right at E. Roosevelt Blvd., left at Central Ave., right onto Jefferson Ave. At the end of Jefferson, turn left onto Laurel Ave., then take a right into the 110 Laurel Ave. driveway.

From Center City Philadelphia: Take JFK Blvd. toward N. 15th St, right onto Schuylkill Ave., take ramp onto I-76 WEST, slight right onto US-1 NORTH (Roosevelt Blvd./US-1 N), slight left onto Rising Sun Ave., left at Adams Ave., right at Crescentville Road, right onto Tookany Creek Pkwy, slight right at Central Ave., left onto W. Laurel Ave.

From the NJ Turnpike heading South: Take exit 6 (Florence/I-276/US-130/PA Turnpike), merge onto NJ Turnpike Extension, continue on I-276 WEST/PA TURNPIKE, follow directions for PA Turnpike heading West.

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.