The 14-room facility was constructed in 1987 and has served over 20,000 patients and caregivers with free lodging, saving them over $2.8 million in living expenses over the last twenty-five years. This year, thanks to the generosity of many individuals, foundations and local corporations, the American Cancer Society was able to raise funding to completely renovate the 9,000 square foot guest house. Floor-to-ceiling improvements include: a new and expanded kitchen, new bathrooms, carpeting, paint, heating and air conditioning, and new furnishings.
Representative John Payne was just one of the many who supported the project, through a grant from The Department of Community and Economic Development. “Hershey provides state-of-the-art medical facilities and care,” he said. “As good ambassadors of our community, we recognize the importance of creating a safe and home-like environment for anyone traveling to Hershey to receive their cancer treatment. Hope Lodge provides just that.”
Jonathan Scroggin and Scroggin Master Carpentry of Mechanicsburg provided construction services on the 10-week renovation and make-over. Guests will return to the Lodge during the last week of June.
“We have been blessed by this project. We know that we will provide hope and comfort to patients upon their return, we look forward to the re-opening,” said Hope Lodge Manager Andrea Young. “The lodge has a new beginning, a fresh comfort abounds.”
For more information about the Hope Lodge, visit cancer.org/HopeLodge or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.8 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
You can watch the video we did of the Hope Lodge last year, before rennovations, below: