As costs rise for patients battling cancer, the American Cancer Society is hoping to help ease the burden of those battling the disease by offering free lodging for patients traveling more than 50 miles one way 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. In Omaha, 15 area hotels are participating in the program including Best Western Seville Plaza, Candlewood Suites, Crown Plaza Hotel, Doubletree & EMC, Hampton Inn-Westroads Mall, Holiday Inn Convention Center & CoCo Key Water Resort, Holiday Inn-Downtown, Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown, Hilton Garden Inn-West, Hilton Omaha, Magnolia Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott-Aksarben Village, Premiere Suites of Omaha, Residence Inn and Studio Plus Omaha.
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 Omaha.