Cancer in the Face of COVID-19
We suspended operations of the Cleveland Hope Lodge in March to ensure the immediate safety of our staff, volunteers, healthcare partners, and individuals we serve – especially those currently battling cancer with compromised immune systems. From March through May, we anticipate a loss of approximately 2,000 lodging nights for cancer patients in Cleveland. When the threat of COVID-19 has subsided, and cancer patients who have delayed elective care can safely resume their treatment regimens, requests for lodging at the Hope Lodge will spike dramatically. When we reopen, we must meet this increased demand while providing personal protective equipment – including masks, gloves, and disinfectant supplies – to ensure our guests’ health, safety, and ability to pursue treatment in Cleveland.
As the American Cancer Society faces extreme revenue declines due to the suspension of our community fundraising efforts, we are now asking our community partners to stand with us to ensure we are prepared to reopen and serve the increasing numbers of cancer patients who need our help. Cancer patients are relying on the generosity of the Cleveland community to ensure they can access the treatment and care they need to continue the journey to health.
Cancer hasn’t stopped. So neither can we.