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Photo of Don Baker with his wife Lee


The thought of having to travel far from home to receive radiation treatment during COVID-19 was troubling for Don Baker.

But thanks to your decision to fund a home away from home, he found the compassion and support he needed at a CCS lodge.

Don had already been through a rough two years undergoing treatment and surgery for his Stage IV prostate cancer. But when he was told his cancer had spread to his lymph nodes, his doctor recommended six-and-a-half weeks of radiation treatment.

“I was cautious because of COVID-19, and how my wife Lee and I were going to remain safe during the daily visits to the treatment facility,” he says.

Along with the uncertainties of navigating treatment during the pandemic, Don and Lee also worried about getting to the hospital, which was hours away from their home.

That’s when they learned they could stay at a CCS lodge near the hospital. They were so relieved to know they could spend many weeks there and not have to worry about exhausting travel or expensive hotel stays.  

Don and Lee say it was the best decision they could have made.

“I don’t think we can praise the lodge staff enough,” says Lee, who was amazed at the kindness and consideration they were shown.

“Before staying at the lodge, we were worried about the dangers posed by COVID-19, but the staff took every protocol to make us feel very comfortable and safe.”

Don credits the dedicated care of the staff at the lodge for making his journey towards recovery a success.

“You may think about the technical equipment that your donations contribute to,” says Don. “What you may not realize is that the real healing comes from the people at the lodge. They’re key to a successful treatment.”

Don and Lee are now home, enjoying life together — and grateful for the home away from home that you made happen.

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