SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — One of the most important keys to surviving cancer is access to treatment. For many patients, traveling to a treatment facility in another city offers the best hope for a cure. Expenses can add up quickly, contributing to financial and logistical challenges of an already difficult experience.

Last week the American Cancer Society hosted a ribbon cutting of their Hope Lodge in Salt Lake City.  The Society’s Hope Lodge program provides free overnight lodging and support to cancer patients and their caregivers who must travel far from home for treatment. Salt Lake City was chosen because of its seven premier cancer treatment centers that draw a large volume of patients from Utah and surrounding states including Nevada and Idaho. With 42 suites, it will serve nearly 800 cancer patients and their caregivers annually. The first guests will arrive on October 19.

Each of the 42 suites has a private bedroom and bathroom, along with a separate sitting area, and the facility offers a meditation room with soft, natural light for anyone needing quiet, personal reflection time. Another key design element of the Hope Lodge is the communal areas incorporated throughout the facility to encourage interaction and sharing of experiences. These spaces include a large dining room with four kitchens, a living room with large picture windows facing the mountains where patients can read by the fire or listen to the grand piano, a healing garden providing a serene, outdoor space for meditation and reflection, a shared laundry room, business center and other amenities to ensure life for the patient and caregiver can continue on as normal as possible.  For more details about reserving a room at the Hope Lodge in Salt Lake City, visit cancer.org.

The Society now operates 32 Hope Lodge locations across the United States and in Puerto Rico, with seven more in development.

“We want to give patients a comfortable environment where they can concentrate on healing,” says Aimee Frost, manager of Hope Lodge, Salt Lake City. “It is a very exciting time for our expanding Hope Lodge program. When the Salt Lake City Hope Lodge is fully operational in October, we will be able to provide more than 1,000 rooms across the US for cancer patients and caregivers to use each and every night of the year for free.”

Through the American Cancer Society Hotel Partners Program (HPP), the Society also partners with more than 500 local hotels across the country to help provide rooms to patients who are not able to travel back and forth from home to the hospital for treatment.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.