Watch ‘Cousins on Call’ on HGTV on Wednesday, May 22, at 8/7c
Our Hope Lodge facilities are more like homes than hospitals. Offering cozy private rooms, family-style kitchens, plush living rooms and landscaped grounds, Hope Lodge facilities give cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be far from their actual homes.
Since a Hope Lodge is essentially a home, why not make one over?
That’s exactly the plan for “Cousins on Call” airing next Wednesday, May 22, at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. Central on HGTV. Real-life cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri are coming over to transform the garden area of the Buffalo (N.Y.) Hope Lodge into a relaxing outdoor retreat.
But, they don’t stop there.
Cancer survivor and former guest of the Buffalo Hope Lodge Aaron Graham needs a hand with his family’s Jamestown, N.Y., home, which has unfortunately fallen into disrepair. Aaron had a bone marrow transplant in February 2012.
While a guest at the Hope Lodge, his family epitomized the Hope Lodge spirit by cooking for the other guests, taking them shopping, and filling the facility with needed supplies. The cousins will match his family’s generosity and give back, remodeling multiple spaces inside and outside Aaron’s home.
“Every makeover is meaningful, but there’s something profound about working on a home whose occupants are experiencing the most challenging times of their lives,” said John Colaneri. “We create spaces that allow people to live better and, ultimately, flourish. We can’t think of a better way to put our skills to use.”
The Buffalo Hope Lodge, open since August 1984, has served nearly 32,000 patients and their caregivers. With 15 rooms, it is one of the smaller of our 31 Hope Lodge facilities across the country and Puerto Rico. Approximately 40,000 patients and caregivers stayed more than 250,000 nights in our Hope Lodge facilities last year, saving more than $23 million in lodging costs.
Research shows that patients who stay at Hope Lodge are more likely to stick to and finish their treatment plans because we provide van rides to and from their treatments. Further, patients tend to look after and support each other.
Be sure to tune in to see the big reveals! Some viewers will be tweeting on #cousinsoncall and #finishthefight hashtags