Too often the fight against cancer can be a lonely one. Between one’s treatments, it becomes a staring contest between you and the unwelcome visitor that has taken up residence in your body. This feeling accelerates exponentially when you are forced to travel in search of your cure, which often is the case for anyone who lives on a Neighbor Island.
Alleviating this sense of alienation is the idea behind American Cancer Society’s Clarence T.C. Ching Hope Lodge Hawaii, a brand-new, $12 million facility built by ACS to give patients traveling in for treatments a home away from home. The lodge contains 20 suites on two floors, each with two twin beds, allowing a family member or caregiver to stay with the patient, plus a private bathroom and shower.