There are lots of things to worry about when you are faced with a cancer diagnosis:
How far along is it? Has it spread? What is the treatment that will give me the best chance of survival? How will I pay for treatment? What if the best treatment center isn’t nearby – then what?
If the best treatment isn’t right where you live, “Where will I stay while being treated?” should not have to be one of them. Last year the American Cancer Society provided lodging for 50,000 patients and caregivers. They filled a need that most of us probably didn’t even realize existed.
If you are like me, you are probably familiar with the American Cancer Society, but unsure what types of services they actually provide. The American Cancer Society is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and has a presence in more than 5,100 communities. One of their networks is the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® network, which provides cancer patients and their families with a free place to stay when they have to travel far from home for treatment. In 2011, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge network provided more than 250,000 nights of free lodging to nearly 40,000 patients and caregivers, saving them more than $23 million in lodging expenses. During 2012, those number grew even higher.
If you have a moment to spare, please take some time and give this video a quick watch. You may have seen it on TV or shared through social media already. If you agree that anyone facing a fight with cancer should not have to be worrying about where they will stay during treatment, I encourage you to pass this video along via email, Facebook, Twitter or even word of mouth. Let’s make 2014 the year no cancer patient had to worry about lodging costs during treatment! (This post was sponsored by the American Cancer Society.)