BUFFALO, NY -- The effects of cancer can run deep, impacting not only the person fighting it, but their family as well.
Buffalo's Kevin Guest House provides families of cancer patients a home away from home while their loved ones get the care they need.
It's on Ellicott Street, within walking distance of Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Buffalo General Hospital. It looks much like a home, complete with a kitchen where families can cook their own meals.
There are several rooms and apartments to meet everyone's needs and while a nominal lodging donation is requested, no one is turned away because they can't pay to stay.
"We serve pretty much each and every year between one thousand and 12 hundred people through our main house. These are folks that have traveled from as far away from Hong Kong and Italy and England and our Canadian neighbors," said Wayne Zimmerman, the Executive Director of the Kevin Guest House.
The hospitality in the home is much more than just the comfortable surroundings. "They enter as strangers, but they leave as friends, and find so many people with common problems here that they can share with each other during the evenings and find comfort in company rather than going back to a cold, sterile hotel room," said Cathy Allen, a staffer at the house.
The house is always looking for volunteers to help the families it serves. Call (716) 882-1818 for more information.