"I'm so thankful for Hope Lodge and everybody here without them. I don't know what I would've done," says Martha May.
May's sister-in-law Lois lost her battle with cancer in October of this year. While she was fighting the disease, she stayed at the Hope Lodge. It's a place that provides free overnight lodging for cancer patients and their families, as well as transportation to and from doctor appointments. It doesn't just provide physical support, but emotional too.
"This is a wonderful place. I can't tell you how much it meant to us to have a place to come to. We became like family with all of the people that were here. Everybody's friendly, everybody's going through the same crisis at the time and it's great to have other people that understand what you're going through," explains May.
The Hope Lodge held a holiday celebration thursday night to remember all of those who lost their battle with cancer this year and offer support to those who are still fighting.
"I live about 50 miles from here and I knew that I couldn't drive back and forth everyday and I have several types of cancer. I was just so glad that there was a place to come to stay so I could have my treatments, otherwise, I probably couldn't of had them at all," comments Mona Cassidy.
Donations to the Hope Lodge are down dramatically this year and that's why it's asking for community support so it can continue to help cancer patients.
"This place is a God send," explains May.
"This would be the best organization to donate to. It's a blessing. It's a blessing," says Cassidy.
For more information on how you can help the Hope Lodge, go to http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/SupportProgramsServices/HopeLodge/Lexington/index