HONOLULU, Hawaii—November 15, 2011– The American Cancer Society Hawai‘i Pacific has received a $3.5 million donation from The Clarence T. C. Ching Foundation to help fund Hawai‘i’s first American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. The gift is the largest donation ever received by the American Cancer Society Hawai‘i Pacific.
In recognition of this generous gift, Hope Lodge Hawai‘i will be called, the American Cancer Society Clarence T. C. Ching Hope Lodge. Hope Lodge is a free, “home away from home” for patients that must travel away from home for cancer treatments. The American Cancer Society Clarence T.C. Ching Hope Lodge will provide an estimated 460 area cancer patients and their caregivers up to 6,935 nights of free housing annually – thus reducing the financial and emotional burden of cancer and allowing patients to focus on recovery.
“The American Cancer Society Clarence T. C. Ching Hope Lodge fits well with the foundation’s mission,” said foundation trustee Raymond Tam. “When you’re battling cancer and your doctor tells you that you must go to Honolulu for treatment, the last thing you need is to worry about a place to stay. Hope Lodge will take that worry away so cancer patients can just concentrate on getting better. That is what the foundation is all about, helping people when they need the help the most.”
“I wish there was a Hope Lodge when I was going through my treatments,” said Kaua‘i resident, and breast cancer survivor Susan Taogoshi-Oshiro. She was diagnosed with stage III, triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma. Every day for five weeks, Taogoshi-Oshiro flew from Lihu‘e to Honolulu and back for her radiation treatment. “There is no radiation on Kaua‘i, so I had to fly to Honolulu for treatment. The last week of my treatment, I felt so exhausted, I paid to stay in a hotel so I didn’t have to fly back and forth.”
The American Cancer Society Clarence T. C. Ching Hope Lodge will be centrally located at 251 Vineyard Street, within 6-miles of six health care facilities. The 19-room facility will offer guests a “home away from home”, including private rooms, kitchen, laundry facilities and living room.
“We are so fortunate to have many benefactors in the community who have come forward to support a Hope Lodge in Hawai‘i,” said Jackie Young, Ph.D., chief staff officer of the American Cancer Society Hawai‘i Pacific, Inc. “The Queen’s Medical Center has generously provided us with a long-term lease for this property, and kicked-off this $15.5 million capital campaign with a gala that raised over $546,000 for Hope Lodge. Our entire board of directors are leading this project, knowing that Hope Lodge will significantly help Hawai‘i cancer patients complete their cancer treatment”
The American Cancer Society has launched a $15.5 million capital campaign to support Clarence T. C. Ching Hope Lodge. For information or to make a donation email, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808.595.7500. The Society hopes to begin construction on Hope Lodge by early 2014.
Currently, the American Cancer Society operates 31 Hope Lodges nationwide. Hope Lodges provide more than comfortable lodging; they also provide clinically trained staff that provide emotional support, critical cancer care information, and compassion. The lodges serve a unique role in bringing together cancer patients and caregivers who emotionally support each other and learn from one another.
For more information on the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, call 1.800.227.2345 or visit cancer.org/hopelodge.