MRA Class of 2022
Upon its completion, the American Cancer SocietyGertrude C. Ford Hope Lodge in Jackson, Mississippi, will offera solution to the lodging barrier faced by cancer patients who must undergo treatment far from home. Located in the heart of Jackson’s medical community, on a piece of property that has been offered through a partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the Hope Lodge provides housing free of charge on a first-come, first served basis to cancer patients and their caregivers during their course of treatment. This location is also easily accessible to other healthcare facilities and treatment centers within the immediate vicinity. We do not ask income qualifying questions because we feel that everyone deserves access to cancer care regardless of income. There are so many factors involved in the financial burden of cancer than what can be determined by looking at someone’s income statement or tax return. For example, even for someone who receives a moderate income, a cancer diagnosis that will require a six-week treatment regimen at a medical facility 65 miles from home, paying for lodging; transportation and meals is a formidable cost. The Hope Lodge not only reduces thisfinancial burden, but also provides a much-needed supportnetwork in a clean, safe and comfortable environment.
Guests of the Hope Lodge can be accompanied by a caregiver and enjoy their stay in 1 of 32 available guest roomsthat include a private bath and television. Other amenities willinclude a shared kitchen, a chapel, a library, a dining room, common living areas, a wellness center and laundry rooms. The average length of a guest’s stay varies; ranging from five days per week for up to eight weeks as they receive radiation therapyand/or three to five days per month for up to nine months for guests who are undergoing chemotherapy. Guests are able and encouraged to make themselves very much at home, engaging in such normal everyday activities as buying groceries, preparing meals, washing dishes, working at a computer terminal or watching television.
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Class of 2022
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