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California Cancer Crushers Donate $10,000 to St. Joseph Hospital’s Evergreen Lodge for Cancer Patients


EUREKA, Calif. – August 20, 2020 – St. Joseph Hospital’s Evergreen Lodge recently received a $10,000 donation from the California Cancer Crushers, a nonprofit whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by cancer in the Humboldt community.

The Evergreen Lodge is a low-cost home away from home for cancer patients, caregivers and, as space permits, other out-of-town patients undergoing extensive medical treatment at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka. No facility of its type existed in the North Coast until St. Joseph Hospital’s Evergreen Lodge opened its doors.

“California Cancer Crushers generous donation will help cover costs for cancer patients staying at Evergreen Lodge when they are under treatment,” said Martha Shanahan, Community Health Investment Manager. “The Evergreen Lodge was designed to offer a safe and stable environment for patients who need to travel far from home for treatment. During this pandemic, the Evergreen Lodge has offered an important benefit -- providing safe, secure lodging for immunocompromised patients.”

“Our number one focus at California Cancer Crushers is raising funds and donating to families and organizations that relieve the financial burden that cancer has on families,” said Karen Clower, who serves on the organization’s board of directors. “The Evergreen Lodge was a natural choice because their comfortable and home-like surroundings that give both physical and emotional comfort to cancer patients.”

California Cancer Crushers support a variety of cancer-related causes. More than half of the funds raised each year stay in the local Humboldt community. Funds help local families with medical costs associated with cancer treatments.

The Evergreen Lodge provides a home away from home for patients living 50 miles away from Eureka. In 2019, 325 people stayed at the lodge for a total of 3,210 nights.

About St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County

St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County (SJHS-HC) is committed to meeting the highest standards in health care delivery while ministering to the needs of the whole person – body, mind and spirit. This commitment to the people of the North Coast is expressed in the St. Joseph Health System's five core values – Compassion, Dignity, Excellence, Justice and Integrity. St. Joseph Health, Humboldt County offers a comprehensive network of specialty care and services including a Level III Trauma Center, Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and a Cancer Center Accredited by the Commission on Cancer. The health care ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange began in Humboldt County during the flu epidemic of 1918. The Sisters opened the first St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka in 1920 and committed to continually improving the health and quality of life of the people served. This commitment continues today and has been further defined by the vision of St. Joseph Health –Health for a Better World.

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