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Hope LodgeWhat is the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge?

Undergoing treatment for cancer can be financially and emotionally devastating. The ACS Hope Lodge provides patients with the nurturing, comfortable environment they need to concentrate on what’s most important — fighting cancer. The Hope Lodge relies on donations from the community and funds raised through Shave to Save to keep the doors open.

Since opening in 2000, Hope Lodge has served more than 15,000 patients and their caregivers.

Nestled downtown in the quaint Quality Hill district, the Hope Lodge in Kansas City provides a home away from home for cancer patients who have traveled from out of town for treatment. For 365 days a year, the Hope Lodge provides patients with easy access to some of the nation's leading medical institutions while offering a caring, community environment during their stay.

The Hope Lodge is a modern brick building featuring 45 guest room suites. Each room has two twin beds, an alarm clock, a large bureau, a private bath, and telephone with voicemail. There are centrally located, fully-equipped kitchenettes with refrigerators, freezers, and cupboards for food storage. Guests may also enjoy the patio area, gazebo and gas grill. Guests can visit with one another in the spacious dining room or spend time in one of the three day rooms for quiet activity. A laundry room is available for guests. For entertainment, guests can check out videos from the movie room, play games, or access the Internet in the computer resource area. The fitness room provides a treadmill to help guests maintain a healthy lifestyle, while the outdoor courtyard provides a serene setting in downtown Kansas City.

Hope Lodge is also a place to learn about cancer and how best to fight the disease. Guests have access to the American Cancer Society's 24-hour toll-free call center, Web site, and comprehensive on-site libraries full of information. At Hope Lodge, cancer patients and their loved ones are armed with the vital information to help them make informed decisions.

Built in 2000, the Hope Lodge is funded by the American Cancer Society Shave to Save event.