An 11 million dollar facility was one step closer to reality. The Gertrude C. Ford Hope Lodge will serve as a home away from home for cancer patients.
Yates Construction put the last beam in place. Yates, along with The American Cancer Society hoped a lodge named Hope would provide a little more hope for cancer patients in Mississippi.
Michael Artman knew what it felt like. The cancer survivor stayed at the Hope Lodge in Indianapolis.
Artman said “Now I know why they call it the Hope Lodge. That is hope. It gave me hope. So much hope to be able to talk to people that were fighting the same thing I was fighting and not be sad about it. They were positive. “
American Cancer Society raised almost 11 million dollars to be able to give free lodging to patients facing expensive treatment, making the burden a little easier.
Jerry Host, the Co-Chair of American Cancer Society Capital Campaign for Hope Lodge Project said , “It will provide about 15 thousand nights a year in rooms for people that are receiving treatment at the various hospitals here in central Mississippi at no cost to them.
Those who spearheaded the project said they hoped the investment provided a priceless return for families.
Host said, “It sends a very important message. Not only of hope but, people can receive quality care for Cancer and gave a place to stay without the burden of having to pay those costs and have a place to stay where others are going through the same challenges they’re going through.”
American Cancer Society hoped to raise the remaining $350,000 needed. The goal was 10.9 million dollars. Developers said they hoped the doors would open by the end of the year.