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Extended Stay America launches 'Stay Stories'

​The first video features a lung cancer patient who traveled from Michigan to Texas for treatment

A new Extended Stay America (ESA) video campaign called ‘Stay Stories’ launches this month just in time to recognize Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

The first video in the Stay Story series focuses on lung cancer patient Candace Bennink from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who discusses her stay at an ESA in Houston, Texas, through the Hotel Keys of Hope program. 

Candace was diagnosed two years ago with a very rare lung cancer and was given eight months to live. She follows a strict diet and is grateful for the ESA kitchen and other amenities which allowed her to maintain her dietary requirements. While she is still undergoing targeted therapy, we are happy to report she is doing well.

ACS and Extended Stay America (ESA) developed the Hotel Keys of Hope program to provide free or reduced-price lodging to give patients and their caregivers a home-away-from-home close to their nearest treatment facility. Through this program, patients in need are able to receive amenities that reduce the costs and burdens associated with living away from your home for an extended period of time, including fully equipped kitchens, free in-room Wi-Fi, on-site laundry facilities, and pet-friendly room options.

The “Stay Stories” series will share firsthand stories from the patients who are on the frontlines of the fight against cancer, and audiences across the nation will have an opportunity to hear stories of resilience as these patients reveal their personal journeys. Over the next year, look for these stories to be featured on a dedicated cancer.org landing page and within the Society’s email marketing and social channels.  

To date, ESA has donated more than 130,000 hotel nights to cancer patients and their families, and have helped over 17,000 cancer patients and their families.


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