Updated with campaign information
Efforts are underway to raise $10 million to renovate and expand the Hope Lodge in St. Louis that provides a place to stay for cancer patients undergoing treatment at nearby medical facilities and patients’ families.
Hope Lodge at 4215 Lindell Boulevard in the Central West End plans to renovate an existing office space next to the current Hope Lodge facility. Upgrades include adding 39,000 square feet, more guest suites, ADA accessibility, a conference room and expanded laundry facilities, among other improvements.
Seven St. Louis area companies have already pledged half of the project’s amount, $5 million: World Wide Technology, Centene, UMB Bank, Siteman Cancer Center, Edward Jones, Ameren and Lodging Hospitality Management.
The American Cancer Society CEOs Against Cancer of Missouri — St. Louis Chapter is spearheading the fundraising, led by campaign chair Jim Kavanaugh, vice-chairman of the St. Louis chapter and co-founder and CEO of World Wide Technology in Maryland Heights. In addition to Kavanaugh, the group is led by Steve O’Loughlin, president of Lodging Hospitality Management and Dave Peacock, president and COO of Schnuck Markets.
Last year, Hope Lodge’s St. Louis facility welcomed more than 1,300 guests and their caregivers, saving them more than $1.5 million in lodging expenses, according to the American Cancer Society.
“Most of our guests come from communities across Missouri and Illinois, but we’ve welcomed guests from more than 30 other locations across the country and world,” Jason McClelland, senior director of regional corporate relations at the American Cancer Society, said in a statement. “In the next 10 years, we anticipate as many as 13,000 patients and caregivers will need to stay at our Hope Lodge, and we need to ensure our facility is capable of meeting that demand.”
In mid-November, the Society said it raised $600,000 at the recent Champions of Hope Gala, unveiled 'Hope Is Home' as the capital campaign theme, and launched a website for community members to participate in the campaign: http://hopeishome.org.