Society Celebrates Opening of Kordyban Lodge in Prince George

01 March 2013

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Until recently, Northerners were not able to receive radiation therapy in the North and had to travel as far away as Vancouver for treatment. The opening of both the BC Cancer Agency Centre for the North and the Kordyban Lodge means Northerners experiencing a cancer journey can stay closer to family, friends and loved ones.

“We are so pleased to be opening the doors to this home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers,” says Lorraine Grant, Board Chair, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. “The Kordyban Lodge is a stunning facility that will bring tremendous support, comfort and peace to those who are going through a cancer fight.”

The Kordyban Lodge spans 25,000 square feet and includes 36 beds. It provides full meal service for guests and includes supportive facilities such as the Novak Family Spiritual and Meditation Room, the West Fraser Timber lounge, a family room, massage therapy room, library, activity room, exercise facility and wig and prosthetics rooms. Canadian Cancer Society patient support programs will also be run through the lodge.

The $10-million lodge was funded by multiple donors including the Government of BC and Mary Kordyban Foundation, who each provided $2-million. The Novak Family Foundation and West Fraser Timber were also major donors, each contributing $1-million to the project.

“We are so grateful to all our donors, supporters and volunteers who brought this vision for compassionate care and accommodation in Northern BC to life,” says Cathy Adair, Vice-President, Cancer Control, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. “We know this lodge will make a significant difference for those battling cancer.”

The Kordyban Lodge is the fourth lodge operated by the Canadian Cancer Society. The other lodges are based in Vancouver (Jean C. Barber Lodge), Victoria (Vancouver Island Lodge) and Kelowna (Southern Interior Rotary Lodge). Approximately 1,200 Northern residents travelled and stayed in one of the Society lodges last year while undergoing outpatient cancer treatment.

“In 2010, I stayed in the Jean C. Barber Lodge in Vancouver while being treated for lympho-epithelial cancer,” says Elaine Comish, a cancer survivor and Society volunteer from Prince George. “It’s incredibly difficult to travel for cancer treatment and to be away from the supports and comforts of home. This new lodge will mean so much to so many people.”

In 2012, it is estimated that more than 23,300 people were newly diagnosed with cancer in British Columbia. Of these patients, approximately 1,000 lived in the North, a number projected to increase significantly over the coming years.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

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Sheila Dong

Manager, Media Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Phone: 604-675-7365