On May 7, the American Cancer Society broke ground on a 40,000-square-foot Hope Lodge facility in Dallas that will be located on property donated by Baylor Scott & White Health and adjacent to its Baylor University Medical Center campus.
The facility will be named the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Hope Lodge in recognition of their $7.5 million lead gift, part of a $25 million campaign.
“Facing a cancer diagnosis and enduring treatment is already daunting enough, but worrying about travel, lodging, and other necessities can be a huge burden,” said Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team (pictured in the smaller photo with our CEO Gary Reedy). “Our family is grateful for the opportunity to help those who are in need of these types of services and exceptionally proud of what the Hope Lodge will bring to our community.”
Once the doors are opened in 2021, the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Hope Lodge is expected to provide more than 18,000 nights of free lodging annually. The four-story building will include 50 private guest suites, each with two beds and a private bathroom. In addition, the facility will feature four kitchen areas, common living spaces, dining room, laundry facilities, library, meditation room, and outdoor garden. Our South Region headquarters also will be housed at this location.
“The American Cancer Society is committed to removing the emotional, physical, and financial burdens that many cancer patients must face when they travel away from home for treatment,” said Jeff Fehlis, executive vice president, South Region.
The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge capital campaign, conducted in collaboration with Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation, surpassed its fundraising goal with extraordinary support from generous individuals and organizations. In addition to the Jones family, other major donors included the Don and Trudy Steen Charitable Foundation, Carmen and Jeff York, Moody Foundation, The Horner Family, Mabee Foundation, and Susan and Bob Shapard.
Nearly $32 million has been raised for this project to date, and ACS and the Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation continue to seek philanthropic support for ongoing operating expenses.
The American Cancer Society operates more than 30 Hope Lodge facilities nationwide. Each Hope Lodge community offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their treatment is away from home. Since 1984, we have provided more than 5.6 million nights of lodging to patients.
TOP PHOTO: From left, Charlotte Anderson, Robin Robinson, Jim Hinton (partially hidden), Jim Turner, Julie Turner, Jerry Jones, Gene Jones, Gary Reedy, Jeff Fehlis, and Trudy Steen.