In 2014, Katy Bade’s husband, Craig, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. The couple sought treatment for Craig at
the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
in Houston, more than 900 miles from their home in
HOW YOU CAN VOLUNTEER
Several organizations offer lodging assistance
for cancer survivors and their caregivers who
need to be away from home for treatment.
Hope Lodge, an American Cancer Society
program, has locations in more than 30
U.S. cities and Puerto Rico.
Ronald McDonald Houses provide food, lodging
and additional support at little or no cost to
families with children in treatment across the
country and internationally.
Fisher House Foundation operates Fisher
Houses in 27 states and Washington, D.C., as
well as in the United Kingdom and Germany, for
families of those receiving care at military and
Veterans Affairs hospitals, at no cost to the
The Healthcare Hospitality Network provides
a directory of nearly 200 nonprofit organizations
in North America that offer housing to patients,
families and caregivers who need to travel for
When Bade searched for a place for
them to stay, however, there were few
vacancies. Their first visit to M.D.
Anderson coincided with the Houston
Livestock Show and Rodeo, a three-week event that attracts millions.
The Bades turned to Joe’s House
joeshouse.org), a nonprofit started by
their friend Ann W. Calahan to help cancer
patients and people with other conditions
find places to stay when they’re being
treated away from home. Joe’s House,
founded in 2003, was named for Calahan’s
husband Joe Warnecke, who died in 1997
of liposarcoma, a soft-tissue cancer. Joe’s
House isn’t an actual dwelling. It’s an
online listing of more than 1,900 lodging
options in 152 cities across the country.
The choices range from charitable
organizations that assist cancer survivors
and their families to hotels that offer
discounts to people traveling for treatment.
Calahan, who worked in the travel
industry, found places to stay for herself
in the Houston area while Joe was being
treated at M.D. Anderson, and for family
members visiting the couple’s home city,
New York, while Joe was being treated at
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
For Calahan, finding lodging was second
nature. “But for most people, they can’t
figure it out,” she says. “It’s a new town,
and they have a million other things to
Joe’s House helped the Bades find
accommodations throughout Houston
as Craig, who died in 2016, underwent
treatment. Whenever Bade mentioned
the name Joe’s House as she made a res-
ervation, “people were exceptionally nice
and helpful,” she recalls. “Joe’s House
has done the work so you can focus on
climbing that cancer mountain.”
A HOME AWAY
Not everyone can open their home to
patients, but if you have space and
are willing to offer it, there may be a
local organization that can assist you.
Boston-based Hospitality Homes.
Hosts for Hospitals in the Philadelphia
Hospitality Homes of Cleveland.
Do you know an extraordinary
person who’s giving his or her
time to the cancer cause?
Email Volunteer@Cancer TodayMag.org.
We may feature the person in a future issue.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JOE’S HOUSE
Ann W. Calahan
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