New facility provides lodging for adult cancer patients
“If I were a guest, this is where you’d find me,” says Mary Wiles, pointing to a cozy nook furnished with overstuffed chairs facing a stone fireplace. This inviting space is one of several created to give a sense of home to the recently opened Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, located near the University of Minnesota.
“We want it to be a home away from home,” says Wiles, manager of the 40-room facility, which offers free lodging to out-of-town adult cancer patients and their caregivers. Besides guest rooms, Hope Lodge boasts six fully equipped kitchens, a large dining area, TV lounges and sitting rooms, a library, fitness and meditation rooms, an outdoor patio, computers with Internet access, and laundry facilities.
Wiles describes the project as a community effort. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation donated $5 million through a challenge grant to the American Cancer Society to construct the building on land purchased by the University. Funding was also provided by the University of Minnesota Cancer Center; University of Minnesota Physicians; the Fairview Campaign, a workplace giving program; the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, and its medical staff; University Medical Auxiliary; and University faculty. Several companies donated products, including high-end appliances and a flat-screen TV.
You may give online to the Hope Lodge, or you can make your gift by mail or phone through automatic withdrawal from your checking or savings account. For more information, please contact Cathy Spicola, 612-625-5192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out about volunteer opportunities or accommodations at Hope Lodge, call 612-379-6352.