If you are a cancer patient fighting for your life, the last thing you should have to worry about is where you’re going to stay when receiving treatment and how you’re going to pay for it.
Fortunately, for patients traveling to Kansas City for cancer treatment, the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge is available to lessen the financial burden on families, as well as to provide a supportive environment for cancer patients and their caregivers.
According to Sarah Freyman, Hope Lodge Assistant Director, the concentration of cancer treatment facilities here results in many patients coming into the city who have special lodging needs.
“Many patients require daily treatment for multiple weeks, and staying in a hotel for that long would be extremely expensive,” said Freyman.
“The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge is an excellent choice for these patients, not just because they can stay with a caregiver at no cost, but also because they will be with others going through the very same thing. That support can be invaluable,” she said.
About Hope Lodge
The average length of stay at the Hope Lodge in Kansas City is 12 nights. Each of the 46 guest rooms at the Lodge has a private bath and sleeping accommodations for two. There are also community dining, kitchen and recreational areas. In addition, each floor has a day room and guest laundry with 24-hour access.
The Kansas City Hope Lodge hosted 1,953 different patients and their caregivers in 2015, completely free of charge. The Kansas City facility is one of 32 Hope Lodges in 23 states.
For more information on the Hope Lodge or any of the American Cancer Society programs, call the organization 24 hours a day at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Kansas City Hope Lodge
1120 Pennsylvania Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64105
816-218-7200 | www.cancer.org
The Kansas City Hope Lodge
Built in 2000 as new construction in Quality Hill, Hope Lodge is a program under the American Cancer Society, specifically as a hospitality house.
Hope Lodge received 1,953 arrivals in 2015.
The lodge saves cancer patients thousands of dollars in lodging costs.
A guest stay ranges from one night to a year or more.
Current average stay is 12 nights.
We serve patients from 26 area cancer treatment centers.
KU Med, St. Luke’s, KCCC are the top referrers.
Cancer patients who have to travel 40 miles to treatment are eligible to stay at Hope Lodge. Some guests come as far as Hawaii and California.
We house bone marrow transplant patients.
The BMT doctors in KC insist that they stay at Hope Lodge at least for the first 30 – 100 days after transplant.
It costs approximately $1,000 per day to operate Hope Lodge.
The Lodge is donor supported. Hope Lodge has one annual distinguished fundraiser called Shave to Save.
Shave to Save is one of the American Cancer Society’s most exciting and unique fundraising events and the only event that donates 100 percent of its proceeds to the Society’s Hope Lodge in Kansas City, a place for cancer patients and their caregiver to stay – free of charge – during their treatment. The Hope Lodge relies on donations from the community and funds raised through Shave to Save to keep the doors open.
Shave to Save is an event where men and women volunteer to shave their heads in honor or memory of someone that has been touched by cancer. To date, Shave to Save has had more than 180 shavees and contributed more than $1.3 million to the operating budget of the Hope Lodge.
Benefit & Auction
Please join us for this year’s 15th Annual Shave to Save on Friday, April 15, 2016 at The Gallery event space in Power & Light (61 E. 14th St.) 6 PM
For $75 per person, you can enjoy heavy appetizers, drinks, silent and live auction, entertainment and, most importantly, to support this year’s shavees who will shave their head on stage in support of those fighting back against cancer. All proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Kansas City Community. You can show your support in many ways. Go to www.ShavetoSave.org to buy tickets to the event, become a shavee, become a sponsor or make a donation. Thank you for giving so generously!