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Another Hotel Joins Patient Lodging Program

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Another hotel becomes part of the American Cancer Society's patient lodging program.

Extended Stay America will provide 40,000 rooms for cancer patients over a two-year period. Cancer patients traveling from out of town for treatment can apply for lodging. Angel Wywras was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and travels from Baker to Billings for her treatment.

"It’s a huge burden off of the patient to not have to worry about where am I going to come up with the funds to stay for that when you are worrying about other important things at the time,” Wywras said.

"If we're able to bring some relief and like I said break down some barriers for them where they don't have to worry about one other thing and they can just focus on getting well, that's what we're here for,” said Sarah Wendt, ACS patient navigator. “We want to support them in any way possible."

"The demand for the hope lodge program exceeds their supply,” said Rick Canale, VP of marketing strategy and planning at Extended Stay America. “They’ve got 31 hope lodges across the country. We've got 632 Extended Stay America hotels across the United States so we knew we could extend the reach for the hope lodge program."

In 2013, the hotels in billings that are a part of the patient lodging program donated more than 1,100 nights.


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