The $30-million facility will be our largest Hope Lodge community.
On Sept 13, we held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Hope Lodge facility in Houston. You can watch the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Our CEO Dr. Karen Knudsen, MBA, PhD, and Mr. Schulze, the founder of Best Buy, had the honor of cutting the ribbon.
The facility will soon offer cancer patients, age 12 years and older, and their caregivers a home away from home while traveling to receive care from any of Houston’s premier medical centers.
Houston-based foundations and organizations, along with donors from across the nation, have rallied together to help raise the funds needed to build the facility and to fund its operating endowment.
The Hope Lodge Capital Campaign was launched in 2012 and led by honorary chairs, the former President George Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, now deceased, and campaign co-chairs, Robert McNair and his wife, Janice, co-founder and current owner of the Houston Texans, a position she assumed after the death of her husband Bob in 2018.
When the American Cancer Society opens the doors to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Hope Lodge later this month, the $30-million facility will be the largest in the U.S., with 64 patient suites. At full occupancy, it will provide 23,000 nights of free, temporary lodging for cancer patients and their caregivers each year – saving them $4.5 million annually.
The Bush and McNair families continued to support the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge efforts throughout the entire capital campaign. A donation from The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, as well as support from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, contributed to reaching the funds needed to raise the $30 million. Other top donors include the Huffington Foundation, Phillips 66, CEOs Against Cancer – Gulf Coast Chapter, Houston Methodist, AirSwift, the Hope Lodge Houston Volunteer Leadership Council, and the Women of VICTORY.
Supporters may purchase needed supplies through the Hope Lodge’s Amazon Charity list here: Houston Hope Lodge Amazon Charity List or make a financial contribution towards operational costs by visiting cancer.org/hopelodgehouston..