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Big Horn Resort was honored today for its generosity with the American Cancer Society.

Mayor Tom Hanel presented a plaque to the Big Horn Resort General Manager, Ginny Hart, for donating free nights to cancer patients. 577 nights to 109 patients traveling to Billings for cancer treatment in 2013.

The Yellowstone County Lodging Program consists of 10 hotels donating nights. Big Horn Resort accounted for nearly half of them.

The resort's former owner passed away from cancer, and Hart feels fortunate she is able to give patients a bit of a break while they are away from home.

"I get thank you cards every single week from the patients about how wonderful it is that we've made a home away from home. It's such a relief for them to be able to know that that's one less thing that they have to worry about while they're going through their treatments," said Hart.

Vernon Taylor was diagnosed with prostate cancer six years ago in Miles City. Taylor and his wife, Mary Lynn, stayed at Big Horn Resort for a total of three-and-a-half weeks while in treatment.

"I was going in for treatments, radiation treatments in the Billings Clinic, and they approached me there and said that this program was available and wanted to know if I was interested, and I said, 'Oh, you bet!'" said Vernon Taylor, a cancer survivor from Miles City.

Along with saving the Taylors some money, the resort's generosity allowed him to keep his focus on his recovery.