North Texas CEOs pledge to fund Hope Lodge Dallas

The American Cancer Society today announced May 23 that its North Texas CEOs Against Cancer chapter will raise funds for a year of operating expenses for the Hope Lodge in Dallas, a free lodging facility for patients seeking treatment at any of Dallas’ premier medical centers.

Ground was broken earlier this month on the facility to be named the American Cancer Society Gene and Jerry Jones Family Hope Lodge.

The lodge will be located on property donated by Baylor Scott & White Health, adjacent to its Baylor University Medical Center campus, and is expected to open in early 2021.

The American Cancer Society’s North Texas CEOs Against Cancer is a group of Dallas and Fort Worth-based executives committed to cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship for the benefit of their employees, families and the north Texas community, the organization said in a news release.

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“Hope Lodge Dallas represents an opportunity for North Texas business leaders to expand our fight against cancer beyond our employees and their families and make a meaningful difference in the lives of cancer patients in our community,” James Frary, chairman of the North Texas chapter of CEOs Against Cancer and CEO of US Acute Care Solutions, said in the announcement.

The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge capital campaign was conducted in collaboration with Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation, with support from individuals and organizations. Donations were received from philanthropists, civic leaders and corporate leaders.

“The American Cancer Society is committed to removing the emotional, physical and financial burdens that many cancer patients must face when they travel away from home for treatment,” said Jeff Fehlis, executive vice president for the American Cancer Society’s South Region.

Hope Lodge Dallas is expected to provide more than 18,000 nights of free lodging annually for cancer patients traveling to Dallas for cancer-related appointments.

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The 40,000 square-foot Hope Lodge facility will include 50 private guest suites and feature common living areas, dining room, laundry facilities, library, meditation room and outdoor garden.

Patients and their caregivers will also have access to the current offerings of the American Cancer Society’s programs and services.

The American Cancer Society is a global organization of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer, the news release said.

North Texas CEOs Against Cancer Chapter is affiliated with the American Cancer Society and includes executives and representatives from US Acute Care Solutions, the Dallas Housing Authority, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Bell, AT&T, AmerisourceBergen, ORIX USA, Oncor, McKesson Corporation, Bank of Texas, Cinemark USA, the City of Dallas and the City of Fort Worth.

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