American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge offers refuge to patients in Nashville, TN

Adam and Amy Bryant had enough to deal with when Adam was diagnosed with cancer on April 1, but at least the Central City couple got some good news when they found out about Hope Lodge in Nashville.

Hope Lodge is a free, temporary hotel for cancer patients who are in treatment. The American Cancer Society built 28 such hotels around the country with donations and maintains them with staff and volunteers.

The Bryants stayed at the Hope Lodge in Nashville, which was just a couple of minutes from Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, where Adam Bryant received treatment.

"If we had to be at the hospital at 7 a.m. Monday, we'd go on Sunday night and stay there, otherwise we'd have to leave extremely early Monday morning," Amy Bryant said of the 90-minute trip from home to the hospital. "Then if we would've had to drive home after treatment, it would be so hard on Adam.

"There were days when he felt good after treatments, and days when he wanted to go straight to bed. Hope Lodge was a big convenience."

Adam Bryant was diagnosed with extragonadal germ cell tumor. His treatments included 61/2 hours of chemotherapy a day, Monday through Friday.

In all, the Bryants stayed at Hope Lodge for four weeks, a savings of between $750 and $1,000 per week, Amy Bryant said.

"We were overwhelmed with Adam being diagnosed and finding out the course of treatment, and having to deal with those financial strains," Amy Bryant said. "If we had to pay to stay a week in Nashville, too, I don't know how we could've afforded it."


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