Lubbock's Hope Lodge could house patients by summer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/25/10

Lubbock's Hope Lodge could house patients by summer

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Construction on Lubbock's Hope Lodge is coming along quickly. Campaign organizers say the crew is moving so fast that they expect to house patients by this summer.

Crews anticipate having the building finished by April. Then, it will take a few months to furnish it with everything the patients need. Organizers say it's amazing to see all their hard work coming to life. "It's hard to put it in words, it's extremely exciting to see it coming together," Finance Campaign Co-Chair Don Curry said.

"It's the first in Texas, first west of the Mississippi," Curry explained. Once completed, the Lubbock Hope Lodge will have 32-suits to house cancer patients and their care givers for free. "So many people from 100 miles around, plus, drive into this town to get treated," Curry said.

"Health care is not inexpensive and cancer care can be very expensive, and one of the major goals of Hope Lodge is to alleviate the financial burden for the patient and their family, but beyond that it helps alleviate the physical burden, the fatigue of traveling back and forth Director of Major Gifts for the American Cancer Society in Lubbock Mikell Bollinger said.

Bollinger says the Lodge also offers emotional support for the patient and caregiver. "That emotional support to the patient as well as the caregivers is so important and so incredibly meaningful in their healing process," Bollinger said.

Curry tells us that they've received pledges of just more than $10.9-million. He says that gets the building constructed and pays for the first two to three years of operations, but Curry says his work isn't done. "We're into what we call the endowment stage as far as our pledges," Curry said.

He says they're now looking to raise roughly $4-million to secure Lodge operations for the future. "We want to have it permanently endowed for the people of west Texas and eastern New Mexico," Curry said.

(Click Here) to learn more about the Lubbock Hope Lodge and how to donate.

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