American Cancer Society and Extended Stay Hotels team up to create a world with more birthdays

American Cancer Society and Extended Stay Hotels team up to create a world with more birthdays

The American Cancer Society’s Guest Room Program helps patients find local lodging to complete their treatment

Kansas City, MO (January 13, 2011) – The American Cancer Society has partnered with the Extended Stay Hotel chain to revitalize the Guest Room Program in the metro area.  The program is a cooperative effort between the Society and local hotels to provide overnight accommodations to cancer patients who have traveled a significant distance from their homes for diagnosis tests, treatments, or follow up appointments.  Rooms are provided free or at a reduced medical rate to the patient and their caregivers.

“I am so excited for the opportunity to help the families in need,” said Loretta Copper, regional sales director for Extended Stay Hotels.  “I really feel blessed with being able to be a part of the program. With full kitchens in every guest room and onsite laundry facilities we are able to provide patients and their families with a very comfortable and convenient place to stay.”  Extended Stay Hotels has ten properties in the Kansas City metro area and one property in Columbia, Mo. that are working directly with the American Cancer Society.

“This opportunity couldn’t have happened at a better time,” said Julie Reid, regional director of Health Initiatives for the American Cancer Society.  “The Society is focusing its efforts to programs like transportation and lodging assistance to help patients to get to and from their treatment.”

The American Cancer Society Guest Room Program was first organized in 1986 by a volunteer committee when a doctor reported that all too frequently patients had to refuse potentially lifesaving cancer treatments because they could not afford to pay for housing near a treatment center.  Since then, the Society has partnered with local hotels to assist patients and caregivers with accessing potentially lifesaving treatment.  The program is available in select communities nationwide.

For more information about how to become involved in the Guest Room Program or any of the American Cancer Society’s volunteer programs call 816.842.7111 or visit