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Grand opening set for Omaha lodge for cancer patients

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held next week for the grand opening of an $11.5 million housing facility for people and their families traveling to Omaha for cancer treatment.

The American Cancer Society broke ground in late 2016 on the Hope Lodge Nebraska, located just off of Dodge Street near the Nebraska Methodist Hospital System. Lodging there will be free of charge for patients and their families traveling more than 40 miles for treatment.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday.

The three-story lodge includes 32 private rooms with baths. Sitting/television areas and laundry facilities are located on each floor. Common areas include kitchen, dining room, library, conference, exercise, game and meditation rooms. Free transportation will be available to local treatment centers for patients staying at the Hope Lodge.

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