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Charles Lafitte Foundation Pledges $1 Million to the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge
Date:2/19/2008

BRIELLE, N.J., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Charles Lafitte Foundation (http://www.charleslafitte.org), a philanthropic organization committed to providing support for education, children's advocacy, medical research and issues and the arts, today announced that it has pledged $1 million to the American Cancer Society's Manhattan Hope Lodge, which will provide free, temporary housing for cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at facilities in New York.

"The Hope Lodge facilities play a vital role in helping cancer patients and their caregivers deal with the emotional and financial burdens that are associated with a cancer diagnosis," said Suzanne Citron, Co-Founder of The Charles Lafitte Foundation. "Our foundation exists to help better the lives of others and we are confident that our gift will enable the American Cancer Society to continue to provide housing and services to more patients and their families who must frequently travel distances for necessary cancer treatments."

The American Cancer Society has created nearly thirty Hope Lodge facilities across the United States, offering patients much more than a place to stay while undergoing cancer treatments. The Manhattan Hope Lodge, located at West 32nd Street, is currently receiving guests and will offer the warmth and security of home as well as educational services for patients and caregivers and a 24-hour toll-free call center and web site with comprehensive on-site libraries, providing families with the information to help them make informed medical decisions. The facility will also serve as a community center for patient support groups and cancer initiatives. The Charles Lafitte Foundation's donation will be provided in five yearly installments of $200,000 per year.

"Both Suzanne and I were immediately attracted to the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge because not only do the facilities fulfill an immed
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