AZ employees celebrate fifth birthday of AstraZeneca Hope Lodge


Meredith Hemler

20 May 2014

At AstraZeneca, we are dedicated to serving patients in the communities in which we live and work. This commitment is demonstrated, for example, through our support of AstraZeneca Hope Lodges across the country.

On Monday, May 5, Paul Hudson, President, AstraZeneca U.S. and Executive Vice President, North America, visited the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge in Cheltenham, PA to celebrate its fifth birthday. Hudson praised AstraZeneca volunteers for their dedication and service, and offered support to its guests, saying, “AstraZeneca appreciates that the journey you are on as a cancer patient can be overwhelming and filled with many challenges. Our hope is that this facility and its caring staff and volunteers can offer you, not only accommodation, but some comfort and peace of mind while you seek the care that you need.”

At the event, AstraZeneca volunteers served a Cinco de Mayo themed dinner to a full house of patients and caregivers. Deborah Gelber, who leads AstraZeneca’s Working Parent Networking Group, presented birthday gifts made by the children of AstraZeneca employees to Hope Lodge guests, including colorful knotted blankets made during the company’s “Take Your Child to Work Day” observance; laminated placemats composed of artwork made by children at the company’s onsite childcare facility; and handmade cards created by the children of AstraZeneca employees nationwide as a gesture of loving support and hope.

Paul Hudson, President, AstraZeneca U.S. and Executive Vice President, North America, joined by AstraZeneca volunteers to celebrate the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge’s fifth birthday.

he American Cancer Society has established Hope Lodges across the country to provide a free, temporary home for adult cancer patients (living more than an hour away from their treatment facility) while actively receiving cancer treatment. Often, the cost of travel and staying in a hotel room for weeks or months while receiving treatment is a financial burden and emotional strain. These facilities provide an affordable option and supportive environment to help patients along their journey.

The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge in Cheltenham celebrated its fifth birthday with a free benefit concert at the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Beth Sholom on May 18, featuring the Atlantic Brass Band.

To learn more about the Philadelphia or Boston AstraZeneca Hope Lodge, visit here.