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Q3 2021 Hope Lodge

"Because of You" August & September E-Update Focus: Hope Lodge

Hope Lodge: A Home Away from Home

Our American Cancer Society Hope Lodge started with the leadership of local donors passionate about meeting the needs of cancer patients. They successfully opened our Hope Lodge in 1995 giving cancer patients traveling to St. Louis for treatment a place to rest and heal at no cost. For many it provides hope for a life after cancer. Too often cancer patients lack transportation resources and the lodging needed to start and complete their treatment on time – Hope Lodge becomes their transportation and lodging solution.

“Hope Lodge made my recovery possible. The love and camaraderie with other guests and the caring and understanding staff became a means of spiritual care. It was as much a part of my recovery as my treatments” Trish Pate

Getting to treatment is even harder for individuals of lesser means. For example, low income women with breast cancer are 44% less likely to complete treatment due to lack of transportation, lodging and other resources. Because of this, their cancer is two and a half times more likely to return, and they are three times more likely to die from their disease. Hope Lodge helps these women, and others, who often have nowhere else to turn.

In the next 10 years, we anticipate as many as 13,000 patients and caregivers will turn to our Hope Lodge for help.

Hope Lodge guests over the years.

CEOs Against Cancer Chapter Support: Days of Service & Dinners

Annual Fundraisers & Employee Engagement Activities Have Raised Awareness & Funds for the Lodge

Offsite Paella fundraiser dinner to benefit Hope Lodge by Trina Muniz, Ameren

2017-2020 the Champions of Hope Gala supported the Hope Lodge with a restriction for donations to the facility and been Chaired by our CEO Chapter leaders.

Thank you to the leadership during that time of: Dave & Thelma Steward (2017); Michael and Noémi Neidorff (2018); Peter Blumeyer (2019); and Bob and Jane Clark (2020).

In 2021 ACS Presented the Inaugural Shave to Save Event, Co-chaired by Joe Leahy of HLK & John Sheehan of CBRE & Benefitting Hope Lodge Operations

Shave to Save presented by World Wide Technology is the American Cancer Society of Missouri’s new event was created to raise funds for our local Hope Lodge. Shavees take the stage at the inaugural Shave to Save event on August 12th, presented by World Wide Technology. The community came together to watch participants take the stage to shave their head or face, with survivors taking the shears.

One hundred percent of dollars raised goes to our Hope Lodge’s day-to-day operations, helping to keep its doors open.

Shave to Save raised $102,350 this year for the World Wide Technology American Cancer Society Hope Lodge operations budget. Donations can still be given until December 31st by visiting shavetosavestl.org

This fundraiser began in 2020: $500 or $1,000 commemorative wooden key blocks can be purchased in honor or in memory of those who have had cancer. The purchased blocks are displayed on one of our Donor Walls.

Collection Drives for Supplies Have Reduced Operational Expenses

Thanks the generosity of our CEOs Against Cancer Chapter and other corporate and community partners, we often receive in-kind donations that help offset our operations budget for things like paper products, cleaning supplies, and gift cards. Our Amazon Wish List has a current list of requested inventory.

The Former Hope Lodge: Giving Hope a Home for the Past 26 Years

The Renovation Process

42 Doors of Hope

In partnership with the American Cancer Society and HLK, local artists created 42 doorways symbolizing the 42 guest suites available at the new Hope Lodge. Their art installations incorporated cancer awareness colors, messaging, and stories to tell a personal story about their or a loved one's cancer journey. The doorways were placed around the bi-state metro area in the summer of 2020 to build awareness around the new Hope Lodge. Community members were encouraged to get involved with fun and engaging activities including: a photo contest to vote on the favorite door; entering raffles give-a-ways to for those who visited the various doorway sites; and a social media photo campaign to use the hashtag #42Doors and #HopeIsHome and visit the 42doorsofhope.org website.

This was an inspirational campaign, that had such an impact on those who were a part of it. As Jim Kavanaugh, Chair of the Hope Lodge Renovation Capital Campaign said of the 42 Doors project: "I can't thank you enough to the volunteers that all came together..."

Thank you to Joe Leahy, HLK staff, Door artists, all the Door host locations, and cancer patients and caregivers who inspired the Doors made the this campaign an incredible, memorable initiative - not only for the American Cancer Society, but also for our community.

The New Hope Lodge: Giving Hope a Home for the Future

Thanks to our corporate and community partners, we were able to complete the renovation for our new World Wide Technology American Cancer Society Hope Lodge St. Louis.

Thank you to everyone who made the newly renovated World Wide Technology American Cancer Society Hope Lodge St. Louis possible.

Testimonials

"We are blessed by members of those hosting an event or have played a part of our lives in the Hope Lodge experience. You made a difference in our lives and everything we have gone through. What would we have done without you? Thank you for all you have done and all you will continue to do in the future." C.J. Jackson

CJ's Story: "We are going to be thankful for the rest of our lives for what the Hope Lodge has done."

Anthony Wolk, the first guest of the newly reopened facility, gives the home away from home a thumbs up: “Today I was in there from 9 a.m. until now and then I got to go back in at 6 (p.m.). So, to go home and come back and stay all day again. I’d be running back and forth, coming in the dark and going home in the dark. They make you feel like you’re at home."

You can hear more in the Fox2 News interview with Anthony Wolk and the Lodge's Senior Manager, Charles Cummings.

What would people do without Hope Lodge? In my case, I needed to travel more than 100 miles for treatment five times a week for seven weeks. That drive is nearly impossible. I’m so thankful for Hope Lodge; I no longer needed to worry about where to stay. Hope Lodge lets people like me concentrate on getting well. – St. Louis Hope Lodge Guest