The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston offers guests in outpatient cancer treatment a community of comfort in a state-of-the-art building designed to meet their needs. The 50,000-square-foot building offers an exceptionally clean environment thanks to extensive use of green technology. American Cancer Society volunteers, together with staff, patients, and families, form a powerful network focused on a single goal: recovery.
Free transportation is available to Boston’s world-class treatment facilities and the Lodge is right across the street from public transportation. The lodge provides approximately 14,000 nights of free lodging to cancer patients every year. A typical guest spends six weeks at the lodge. Guests must live more than 40 miles from treatment and require a three-night or longer stay. Reservations are required as there is high demand at the Hope Lodge. Staff is on-site 24 hours a day. However, this is not a medical facility. No medical services are available. The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston is made possible thanks to donations of time and money from a caring community. The American Cancer Society operates 30 Hope Lodges nationwide, all providing the comfort of home with the power of support.
Volunteers such as the group shown in the above picture: Tomorrow’s Women Today, provided an Ice Cream Sunday event at the Boston, MA Hope Lodge for cancer patients and their caregivers. Nancy Capistran, Business Growth Advisor specializing in human dynamics and founder of Capistran Leadership said “Being part of this activity was very special. Putting a smile on their faces – was priceless. As a cancer survivor myself, I can relate to the intensity of the cancer journey. It was very rewarding to be able to serve those going through such personal turmoil.” Capistran also added, “After scooping ice cream, it was so meaningful to be able to visit with many of the patients. ”
Hope Lodge not only provides free housing and rides to and from treatments, their focus is to also provide a supportive network that encourages interaction with others going through similar situations.