Cancer Society Office Relocates
GRAND RAPIDS — The American Cancer Society West Michigan Area Service Center relocated to a new central location in downtown Grand Rapids on Dec. 17 to better serve the community as a growing resource for cancer treatment and prevention.
According to news release, a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new downtown Grand Rapids home of the American Cancer Society’s Robert & Barbara Wood West Michigan Area Service Center was held last week.
The center was named in honor of the local couple whose $500,000 contribution helped make the recently relocated center possible. Robert Wood, a 30-year ACS volunteer, and his wife, Barbara, are both cancer survivors. The center was formerly located at 400 Ann St. NW.
According to a news release, the service center will now operate from a 6,114-square-foot wing of the new Hope Lodge at 129 Jefferson Ave. SE. Hope Lodge is a complimentary home-away-from-home for cancer patients and their caregivers who travel to Grand Rapids for treatment. Hope Lodge will welcome its first guests in February.
“We are incredibly grateful to Robert and Barbara for their dedication to the American Cancer Society’s mission,” said Mike Lindhout, area ACS executive director. “They truly have touched hundreds of lives throughout the past three decades through volunteer work. Now, this generous couple will continue to support the service center’s critical mission for many years to come.”
The American Cancer Society is a volunteer-driven health organization funding cancer research and providing programs and services to cancer patients, survivors and the public. The Robert & Barbara Wood West Michigan Area Service Center will offer comprehensive patient resources such as workplace cancer education and prevention programs, cancer support programs, a youth camp, college scholarships and transportation to and from treatment.
The new, centrally located facility also features designated volunteer work areas to better support the efforts of the Society’s volunteer resources in the local community. It will serve Kent, Barry, Ionia, Montcalm, Osceola and Mecosta counties.