Hotel Chain Makes Record-Breaking Hotel Stay Donation to Society

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.

American Cancer Society Research Grantee Receives Nobel Prize

For more than 65 years, research has been at the heart of the American Cancer Society’s mission, and with more than $3.9 billion invested in cancer research to date, it is always gratifying when the work of one of our grantees is recognized. We would like to share the exciting news that another of our former grantees has won the Nobel Prize.  This makes 47 former grantees that have won the most prestigious award in medical science.

This week, James E. Rothman, currently of Yale University, is one of three scientists receiving the 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology. Together Dr. Rothman and his colleagues, Randy W. Schekman of the University of California, Berkeley, and Thomas C. Südhof, of Stanford University, were recognized for their work in revealing how cells transport molecules like hormones, enzymes, and neurotransmitters around and between cells. This work is critical to our understanding of how cells function in numerous diseases, including cancer.

While at Stanford University in 1982, Dr. Rothman received a five-year American Cancer Society research grant to study the biochemistry of the Golgi apparatus,  part of the machinery that enables cell parts called vesicles to attach to target specific membranes, delivering molecules to other parts of the cell or outside of the cell.

The American Cancer Society continues to demonstrate a remarkable ability to both identify and support gifted investigators early in their careers.  And, the success of the Society’s research program is surely exemplified by the fact that our organization has now supported 47 Nobel Prize winners.

Macy’s, Simone Smith, and the American Cancer Society Working Together

Macys picFor the second year in a row, Simone I. Smith – cancer survivor, jewelry designer, and wife of entertainment mega star LL Cool J – was invited to showcase her upcoming jewelry line with Macy’s executives during their annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 25. Once again, she asked the American Cancer Society to participate in the event as her special guest. Taking part in this event allowed the Society to network with Macy’s leadership and strengthen this cause marketing relationship.

Since 2011, the Society has collaborated with Smith on a cause marketing relationship based on her jewelry line. The relationship has yielded great results for the Society in three areas: income, media impressions, and new relationships. Smith has appeared in major television programs and magazines, as well as in niche outlets, raising awareness about and encouraging donations to the Society through sales of her jewelry items. She has also facilitated opportunities for the Society to engage other influencers in the entertainment and retail industries.