Fighting cancer for fifteen years
Oct 11, 2013 / 4:17 pm
The Southern Interior Rotary Lodge celebrated 15 years of providing accommodation for cancer patients Friday afternoon with a ceremony that included MLA’s as well as cancer survivors and their families.
“Cancer is a life-changing event, and when families are faced with this difficult journey, anything we can do to help makes a big difference,” said Steve Thomson, Kelowna-Mission MLA. “This facility provides a supportive and compassionate environment and we are proud to be celebrating 15 years of caring today.”
The lodge is operated by the Canadian Cancer Society and offers a home away from home to patients receiving cancer care and treatment.
“Having support and a home away from home while undergoing treatment is one less thing for families and patients to worry about,” said Norm Letnick, Kelowna-Lake Country MLA. “Thank you to the lodge staff who have helped welcome thousands of patients and families into a comfortable, secure environment over the past 15 years.”
The Southern Interior Rotary Lodge offers a variety of amenities, from air conditioned rooms to a dining room, garden space, activity room and library. A wig bank, breast prosthesis bank and healing touch sessions are also available for guests. In addition, Look Good Feel Better workshops, which teach beauty techniques to patients, are held three times per month.
During a celebration event at the lodge, the Cancer Society recognized a substantial donation from Alex and Rae Hanson. The Kelowna-based couple was married more than 60 years before the death of Alex in 2001 and Rae earlier this year. The Hansens left the bulk of their estate to the Canadian Cancer Society’s Southern Interior Rotary Lodge and a new garden sculpture on the grounds of the lodge will commemorate the couple and their generosity.
“When someone is faced with a cancer diagnosis, the last thing they want to worry about is where to stay during their treatment,” said Barbara Kaminsky, CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. “The Rotary Lodge has spent the last 15 years providing comfort, peace of mind and a safe, supportive environment to individuals when they need it the most.”
The Lodge is one of four Canadian Cancer Society lodges located across BC and is located next to the Kelowna General Hospital.
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