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Dallas’s Hope Lodge celebrates one year of assisting cancer patients

DALLAS, Texas – In its inaugural year, the American Cancer Society Jones Family Hope Lodge in Dallas relieved the financial burden of approximately 400 cancer patients and their caregivers.

“We provide them a home away from home,” said Jeff Fehlis, executive vice president of the American Cancer Society. We want to provide a loving, social environment that also alleviates some of their financial stress.

Free housing is available on the campus close Baylor Scott and White. Despite having a link with Baylor, Hope Lodge is not exclusive to Baylor patients. The sole restriction is that the patient must reside more than 40 miles away.

“It’s a special community that enables people to focus solely on recovery,” Fehlis added.

It has had a significant impact on my recuperation, stated Tammi Ellison. I was initially diagnosed with colon cancer on January 3rd.

Ellison lives in Abilene. Every other week, she travels three hours to Dallas to receive cancer treatment at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She stays at Hope Lodge each time.

Ellison wiped away tears as he said, “It has had a significant effect on my recovery.” “This location is so special to me, and so are the people that work here. They truly are the case.”

Since its opening last year, Hope Lodge has provided over 7,700 free nights of lodging, saving patients over $1.6 million in hotel costs.

“I will prevail,” Ellison vowed. With God’s assistance.

 

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