“In 1998, a Hope Lodge in Lexington was conceived by a long time volunteer and cancer survivor, Bill Robbins, after seeing other Hope Lodges in the country.” It was discovered that almost 5,000 patients came from the surrounding areas of Lexington for cancer treatment. The Hope Lodge was created with a vision to give patients that were receiving cancer treatment a free place to stay.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HOPE LODGE LEXINGTON KY
Sometimes it can be difficult for those patients to receive the care they need because they have to travel from away from home. This not only creates an emotional burden on them and their families but also a financial burden. By providing these patients and their families a free place to stay, it gives them one less thing to worry about when going through this difficult time.
kNOwMORE Nonprofits was at the Hope Lodge in Lexington and got a chance to interview Director, Jason Young. He explained that the Hope Lodge helps these cancer patients going through a difficult time, feel a sense of community because the other residents are going through the same experience.
FRIEND FOR LIFE Mission: To help persons recently diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones navigate the path through diagnosis, treatment and recovery by pairing them with a trained survivor of a similar experience so they can face cancer with someone who’s been there.
Established in 1988, Friend for Life is a network of survivors and co-survivors (caregivers) who serve as trained volunteers, providing one-on-one emotional and psycho-social support to persons recently diagnosed with cancer, and their loved ones. Facing cancer with someone who has been through a similar experience helps restore a sense of stability during a tumultuous time and to navigate the path through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Who we are Friend for Life is a non-profit support network of cancer survivors who serve the emotional and psychological needs of persons recently diagnosed with cancer, and their loved ones. These services are offered free of charge.
How we can help
We match persons recently diagnosed with any form of cancer as closely as possible with a trained volunteer who has encountered the same type of cancer and similar course of treatment.
Wherever possible, we also match for age and gender. Our volunteers do not advise or participate in medical decisions, but offer compassionate insights into their own experiences of coping with cancer. We can help you sort through the overwhelming feelings that often accompany a cancer diagnosis. Support is also available for family and friends.
KIDS CANCER ALLIANCE Mission, History of Organization: The mission of Kids Cancer Alliance is to enhance the quality of life for kids with cancer and their families through camp, recreational, and support programs. Beginning with their first oncology camp in 1981, thousands of brave and amazing kids have found a reprieve from fighting cancer and a powerful alliance of support.
Over the years, they have expanded and created new programs to meet the needs of the families they serve. The Kids Cancer Alliance provides sibling and family programs, in-hospital and financial support, quarterly events and more. And thanks to their generous donors and volunteers, it’s all still absolutely free for everyone.
Problem being addressed:
While childhood cancer medical treatments have come a long way over the past 20 years, there is still a lack of emotional & psychosocial resources available to address the unique needs children faced with cancer experience. Many children with cancer are isolated from their peers due to immonosurpression, experience fear and anxiety related to their disease and treatment, and often don’t know how to express their feelings. At Indian Summer Camp The Kids Cancer Alliance aims to give children with cancer the opportunity to socialize with other children who know what they are experiencing, teach them healthy recreational activities to deal with stress, and give them a safe, loving place to express their feelings and to just have fun.
They want to provide children with a place where they can escape their illness and just be a kid again instead of a cancer patient.