Marshfield (OnFocus) – After the American Cancer Society closed the Hope Lodge in Marshfield, Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation established emergency cancer patient lodging at the newly renovated Cattails Cottage. MCHS Foundation is current raising funds for the Cottage, with local volunteers and businesses contributing. Facebook group “Bring Back Hope Lodge” is also helping coordinate volunteers.
“Estimates are still coming in but it’s likely $150,000-$200,000 for all of the renovations and staffing of the facility for the first six months,” said Teri Wilczek, Chief Development Officer. “We are unsure on timeline as we did not expect the abrupt closing of the Hope Lodge, so we have no idea how long this could be used for cancer patients. We absolutely see this being used long-term, whether it be for medical students, patients/families or other needs, this facility will help meet our housing needs.”
Wilczek said that the business community is extremely important, as so many are supporters of MCHS. This month for example, Marshfield Medical Center Credit Union announced they would be hosting a fundraiser where they match a percentage of all coins deposited and donate that amount towards the new shelter.
“Our patients travel hours to receive their care and many use the local businesses when coming to town,” said Wilczek.”Patients/families who stay at Cattails Cottage are referred by their physician/care team. They need to be traveling 40 miles or more to Marshfield for their cancer care. Most of these patients come from the Northwoods/Minocqua, Rice Lake, the UP, etc…”
There are three ways to get involved now:
1) Volunteer (to help keep the costs of refurbishment down). Help is needed clearing out old furniture, ripping out carpet, and cleaning out the kitchens. To help, sign up here.
2) Provide items on the wish list (see here)
3) Make a donation to this important project. Support will be used immediately to help us prepare Cattails Cottage for patients starting early September. Gifts are tax-deductible and 100% goes to the project!
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