Cancer Patients Get Motel Rooms

Several Nebraska lodging facilities are currently participating in the American Cancer Society guestroom program to provide free lodging for cancer patients traveling to certain Nebraska communities for life-saving treatments.

As costs rise for patients battling cancer, the American Cancer Society is hoping to ease the burden of those battling the disease by offering free lodging for patients traveling more than 100 miles roundtrip to and from their lifesaving cancer treatments. The ACS guestroom program utilizes rooms from local hotels who generously donate lodging specifically for those in active cancer treatment.

Traveling hours to treatment sometimes leaves cancer patients with few options for completing their treatment schedules. Many patients need daily or weekly treatments over a period of months and simply have no way to get there. Although family and friends may be able to help, there are many times when they’re not available. The guestroom program provides options for patients in this situation who are in need of treatment in communities across the state.

“Cancer patients have enough to worry about when they are going through treatment,” commented Mike Lefler, director of communications for the American Cancer Society. “This is just one way the American Cancer Society is trying to assist those patients from both a cost and convenience standpoint. Together with our wonderful hotel partners, we are able to make battling cancer just a little bit easier.”

To arrange lodging during cancer treatment, patients must contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 more than two weeks prior to the date(s) in which they will need lodging. Room availability is not guaranteed and is based on participating hotel occupancy during desired dates.

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