“The Kordyban Lodge will provide cancer patients with a bright, spacious place to call home while they receive treatment at B.C. Cancer Agency Centre for the North,” says Clark. “A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, but a supportive environment closer to friends and family can make a huge difference.”
The 25,000 square foot lodge has room for 36 beds, and offers full meal service and several other amenities to provide support for patient and their families, like massage therapy, exercise equipment and a wig and prosthetics room.
The $10 million dollar facility was funded by community donations, as well as $2 million from the provincial government, and takes its name from its largest private donation of $2 million from the Mary Kordyban Foundation.
The B.C. Cancer Agency Cancer Centre opened in November 2012, designed to eliminate the need for northern residents to travel south for treatment.