The program will be piloted in Atlanta, Boston and Houston beginning Nov. 1, 2013, then expand into other key cities in December before launching nationwide in early 2014. To request an Extended Stay America room, cancer patients or their caregivers should contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
One of the most important keys to surviving cancer is access to treatment. For many patients, the best hope for a cure means traveling an average of 140 miles to a treatment facility in another city, sometimes for weeks or months. Through its Hope Lodge program, the American Cancer Society offers free, temporary lodging to patients and their caregivers, offsetting costs associated with living away from home during treatment.
In 2012, Hope Lodge provided more than 260,000 nights of free lodging to cancer patients, saving them an estimated $26 million in hotel costs. Now, Extended Stay America extends-a-hand by providing 20,000 overnight stays throughout 632 Extended Stay America hotel locations in the U.S., alleviating demand on the 31 American Cancer Society Hope Lodge facilities which often run at capacity.
Throughout National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Extended Stay America is using pink roomkey cards and invites guests to join the fight against cancer by donating $5 upon check-in. Extended Stay America’s more than 10,000 employees will also volunteer resources and drive individual fundraising efforts through American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events. Money raised will benefit American Cancer Society research — the largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research in the U.S. — so more lifesaving breakthroughs can be made.
Extended Stay America provides the comforts and conveniences of home complete with on-site laundry centers, kitchens in each hotel room for patients to store and cook the foods they enjoy, and flat-screen TVs with premium channels to unwind with favorite shows. In-room Wi-Fi access allows patients to stay connected with loved ones while away from home and daily Grab-and-Go Breakfast provides a quick and healthy way to start the day and pet-friendly accommodations allow beloved pets to provide healing comfort.
To join Extended Stay America and the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer, visit ExtendedStayAmerica.com or call 800-804-3724. For information about American Cancer Society programs and services, including the Hope Lodge program, please visit cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.