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HEALED to highlight reimagined Hope Lodge

Pat Croce's weekly American Cancer Society HEALED Community Gathering live on Wednesday, February 23 at 11 a.m. ET will focus on plans for the future, new, 30 percent larger capacity Hope Lodge Baltimore and the Capital Campaign to fund it. The campaign goal is to raise $10 million to create a completely reimagined 34-guest room Hope Lodge in a currently vacant facility across the street from the present Hope Lodge, which is 35 years old.

HEALED stands for Health and Energy through Active Living Every Day. Led by Pat Croce (pictured above), former Philadelphia 76ers owner, entrepreneur, and TV personality, the HEALED Community Movement is an outgrowth of Pat's spiritual journey that guided him through his experience as a cancer patient. The HEALED Community Gathering features expert guests on topics related to physical, mental, and spiritual health. It can be seen on www.facebook.com/acshealed or www.youtube.com/cancernortheast, and is also posted on 6abc.com, as well as featured on its new live streaming rotation.

On February 23, Pat's guests will be the dynamic duo leading the Hope Lodge Baltimore Capital Campaign. They are Campaign Chair Dr. William Regine, chair of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland and executive director of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, and Campaign Co-Chair Lt Col (ret.) Julie Walker, a cancer survivor, former Hope Lodge guest, and Wounded Warrior Ambassador/Mentor. You can watch her Hope Lodge testimonial on YouTube.

Hope Lodge Baltimore, which provides approximately 13,000 free night stays annually, consistently operates at full capacity. It requires a complete update to more effectively meet the needs of cancer patients who come from all over the U.S. and other countries for access to world-class, life-saving treatment at Baltimore facilities.

The future Hope Lodge will help address barriers to care by providing an additional 2,920 night stays annually along with many modern amenities.

Thus far, the Capital Campaign has raised more than $3.6 million. The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation pledged a $2 million challenge match for the future Hope Lodge that requires ACS to raise $2 million in funds by December 31, 2022, in order to receive the funds.

Author, business leader, and philanthropist Pat Croce has raised $2M for the American Cancer Society's cancer research program. As a cancer survivor, Pat is passionate about sharing the value of gratitude, living joyfully in the moment, and mindfulness. The donations raised thus far have funded the work of American Cancer Society researcher Dr. Erika Rees-Punia. Dr.Punia designed an online physical activity intervention specifically for cancer survivors. Her scientific study has expanded from the original pilot tested by 85 cancer survivors to 400 participants.

You can tune in every Wednesday live at 11 a.m. ET for the ACS HEALED Community Gathering.

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