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NO. R-221.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the American Cancer Society on the construction of the outstanding new Hope Lodge in Burlington.


Offered by:  Representatives Pugh of S. Burlington, Andrews of Rutland City, Bissonnette of Winooski, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Errecart of Shelburne, Evans of Essex, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Hunt of Essex, Jerman of Essex, Johnson of South Hero, Klein of East Montpelier, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Lenes of Shelburne, McAllister of Highgate, McCormack of Rutland City, McDonald of Berlin, Minter of Waterbury, Morrissey of Bennington, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, Orr of Charlotte and Pearson of Burlington

Whereas, cancer patients in need of extended chemotherapy or other specialized treatments must often travel long distances to a major medical center, such as Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, and

Whereas, although these individuals are treated typically as outpatients, it is often impossible for them to travel home each day, and

Whereas, in 1983, the American Cancer Society opened the Hope Lodge in Burlington to enable cancer patients at Fletcher Allen to conserve their strength and have ready access to the hospital, and 

Whereas, although the Burlington Hope Lodge has provided free housing and wonderful support to thousands of cancer patients for the past 24 years, the current building is now far too small to meet the demand for its limited space, it lacks many basic amenities, and the structure is not handicapped accessible, and

Whereas, the American Cancer Society, recognizing the importance of constructing a larger and more guest-friendly facility, conducted a successful fundraising campaign that raised four million dollars to finance the construction of a new Hope Lodge on the Fletcher Allen Health Care campus, and

Whereas, the new structure, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2007, is designed with both the need to accommodate more guests and their individual comfort in mind, and

Whereas, the new state-of-the art building will consist of 13,000 square feet of space, tripling the current structure’s capacity; be fully handicapped accessible; feature 16 private suites, including accommodations for immune-suppressed patients, contain a large community kitchen, a spacious living room, and modern laundry facilities; and include an outdoor meditation garden and space for alternative therapies such as yoga and massage, and

Whereas, the new Hope Lodge represents a long-awaited improvement in the quality and breadth of residential care and support that the American Cancer Society is able to offer patients being treated at Fletcher Allen Health Care, now therefore be it 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the American Cancer Society on the construction of the outstanding new Hope Lodge in Burlington, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the American Cancer Society in South Burlington.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont