When the word cancer suddenly appears in one’s life, individuals often report feeling too numb to think about what is needed to manage the stress and anxiety that naturally comes with diagnosis and treatment.
Having to travel out of town for medical care can make this process even harder.
Fortunately, the American Cancer Society has a place where adult patients and their caregivers can find free, supportive accommodations when traveling for cancer care - an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.
The first Hope Lodge opened in Charleston, S.C., in 1970. Currently, there are 31 Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States, including Wisconsin’s only facility, located in Marshfield.
Each Hope Lodge offers a free, hotel like place to stay when a patient’s best hope for effective treatment may be in another city.
Research has shown that supportive environments can help reduce the three most significant stressors associated with cancer: unwanted aloneness, loss of control, and loss of hope.
“Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting well,” notes their website. “The comfortable facilities along with dedicated staff and volunteers provide an emotionally supportive environment for patients and their loved ones.”
Hope Lodge offers:
- With 22 rooms available, guests at the Hope Lodge in Marshfield will save nearly $500,000 in hotel expenses in the next year.
- Guests can use our local YMCA free of charge.
- Guests are treated every Monday and Thursday evening to a fabulous meal prepared by local church volunteers.
- Hope Lodge is equipped with a home-like community dining room, kitchen, family room, library, internet and laundry facilities.
- The Lodge also offers guests a wide variety of cancer programs and services that provide information, resources and support.
- Tours of the Lodge are welcomed. To schedule a tour, call
To learn more about Hope Lodge or the referral process for Lodge guests, please visit the
website or call 715-486-9100.