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With nearly 3,700 Alaskans expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017, many will be required to travel to an urban center to receive their lifesaving treatment, the majority of which takes place in Anchorage. While the American Cancer Society has a healthy number of hotel partners offering free or reduced-rate rooms to patients traveling to Anchorage for treatment, we still have a high number of unmet lodging requests, primarily during the summer months when tourism is at its peak and availability is sparse.

This non-medical barrier between Alaskans facing cancer and their treatment has been one of the most urgent problems the American Cancer Society has faced statewide, and multiple patients have confessed to nearly forgoing treatment to spare their families a large financial burden if they didn’t survive. But when the cost of accommodation has been removed, they decided to pursue the treatment that saved their lives.

When Ann Baker of Kodiak arrived at Extended Stay America in Anchorage, she felt warmly welcomed. “Rather than being a customer coming in the door, it was more like I was family coming home, and they were going to take care of me” she said.

By donating to the Seawolves vs Cancer campaign, you will be contributing to our patient lodging crisis fund, ensuring that all Alaskan cancer patients have access to free accommodations when they require treatment far from home, and that no patient will ever have to choose between their current financial resources and their life.

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Contact Us:  Charissa Habeger  | 907.273.2071 |  charissa.habeger@cancer.org  | Seawolves vs Cancer, 3851 Piper St Suite U240 Anchorage, AK 99508