During an event in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 18, Extended Stay America and the American Cancer Society announced an unprecedented multi-year partnership through which Extended Stay America will provide 20,000 overnight stays to cancer patients who must travel far from home to receive life-saving treatment. Extended Stay America, the largest company-owned and operated hotel chain in the U.S., will offer 10,000 rooms free of charge and an additional 10,000 stays at a special rate of $12/night, providing patients an affordable, comfortable place to stay so they can focus on getting well.
In 2012, Hope Lodge provided more than 260,000 nights of free lodging to cancer patients, saving them an estimated $26 million in hotel costs. By providing 20,000 overnight stays throughout 684 hotel locations in the U.S., Extended Stay America will alleviate demand on the 31 Hope Lodge facilities, which often run at capacity.
The program will be piloted in Atlanta, Boston, and Houston beginning November 1, 2013. It will expand into other key cities in December and go nationwide early in 2014. To request a room, patients or their caregivers will call the Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.
Throughout October, Extended Stay America will extend its support for the fight against breast cancer by unveiling pink room key cards and inviting guests to join the fight by donating $5 upon check-in. The hotel chain’s 10,000 employees will also volunteer resources and drive individual fundraising efforts through Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Relay For Life events.
Extended Stay America offers many comforts and conveniences to help cancer patients feel at home, including pet-friendly accommodations.