American Cancer Society: Providing Home Away From Home and Relays for Life

The American Cancer Society provides wide-ranging services to attack cancer from ever angle. From education about cancer, early prevention, screening guidelines, funding research, and legislative advocacy, to free services provided directly to help anyone battling cancer. What happens if a cancer patient is told the best treatment option is in another city or state?

The American Cancer Society, in a cooperative effort with hotels across the country, provides overnight accommodations to cancer patients who must travel for outpatient treatment and need assistance with lodging.

The program is open to cancer patients of all ages, including pediatric patients accompanied by a parent, and patients traveling with children. All accommodations are provided based on eligibility requirements and are subject to availability and to restrictions imposed by the participating hotels. Requests for lodging are met on a first-come, first-served basis.

The American Cancer Society has places where cancer patients and their caregivers can find help and hope when home is far away – an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients 18 and older and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Currently, there are more than 30 Hope Lodge locations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Accommodations and eligibility requirements may vary by location.

The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Iowa City opened in 2008 and offers 28 guest rooms located near treatment centers in the area. 2019 facts about the Iowa City Hope Lodge from the American Cancer Society:

17,373 nights of FREE loading for patients and caregivers

1,495 guests served

2,899 meals provided

– $2,918,664 lodging savings to families affected by cancer

The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Iowa City is located at 750 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, Iowa 52246. More information can be found at or by calling 319-248-5400. Currently there are more than 30 Hope Lodges located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Unfortunately, the current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting services provided by the American Cancer Society, including lodging services and transportation services. For current information about their programs and services, visit or call 1-800-227-2345. The website also has useful information about COVID-19 for cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers. Relays for Life planned in counties across Iowa may also be in jeopardy this year.

The 2020 Benton County Relay For Life is planned for Friday, May 29, at the Benton Community School track in Van Horne from 6 to 10 p.m.

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