In August 2015 while being treated for what I thought was laryngitis I finally was referred to an ENT and found out I had a malignancy in the supraglottis of my throat just above the vocal chords. With tremendous support I was able to not only have that removed but they also found I had carcinoma on my kidney that was completely unrelated to the throat. I have recovered well from the Surgery to my Throat and Kidney. Post surgery I spent 3 months in Baltimore for required radiation treatments at Johns Hopkins and was so thankful to stay at the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Charleston Hope Lodge, an American Cancer Society free “home away from home” for cancer patients and their caregivers while going through treatment. The celebration will kick off the “50 Days of Hope” campaign with a goal to raise $500,000 to keep Charleston Hope Lodge doors open for generations of patients to come. Established in 1970, the Hope Lodge was the first of its kind in the country. Since then, the American Cancer Society has built 34 more Hope Lodge campuses across the US.
Through this fundraising campaign, I have tried to repay my good fortune in giving back my time and money to the Charities that helped me in recovery and others as well. My work with the enthusiastic Staff of the American Cancer Society has been an unexpected gift, and I hope you will join me in supporting the 50th Anniversary of the Hope Lodge.