Our annual Holiday Lights campaign raises money for the Hospitality Houses of Methodist Medical Center, which provide temporary lodging for patients and families who travel to Oak Ridge for extended medical treatment. This campaign is a unique opportunity to help our patients and their families when they need it most and pay tribute to the important people in your life during the holiday season.
How does my gift make a difference?
Your donation, regardless of the amount, will touch the lives of our guests. At the houses, our guests find lodging, food, rest and, most of all, companionship for the journey as they deal with stressful times and difficult diagnoses. All these services are provided free of charge thanks to your generous support.
Who can I pay tribute to with my gift?
A Holiday Lights donation is a wonderful way to honor friends, loved ones, and colleagues during this season of giving. We’ll share your generosity by sending special honorarium or memorial cards to whomever you designate when you make your gift. Simply use the form in our brochure (LINK COMING SOON!) to list your tributes.
Who is helped by Holiday Lights for Health:
Mr. Tony West is a stage IV esophageal cancer patient. He lives in Oneida Tennessee. He was diagnosed in June of 2019 and started treatment in July. His first stay at the Hospitality Houses was on July 12, when he checked in with us for six weeks of radiation treatment and concurrent chemotherapy. Very quickly he could not eat and started to rapidly lose weight. Within the first two weeks he was seen in the emergency room, had a feeding tube placed and received IV fluids. Mr. West was in such a frail state of health there was no way he could physically travel two hours each way for his treatments. When he needed emergency care he was minutes from the hospital instead of 70 miles away.
Mr. West completed his radiation treatment but is still receiving chemotherapy. He and his wife are still staying at the houses every couple weeks when he receives his chemotherapy. Having the houses available for them means he can receive his treatment and then simply come across the street to go to bed and rest. Many chemotherapies have a high risk of side effects. Mr. West being at the Hospitality Houses means that lifesaving care, should he need it again, is only minutes away.
For patients like Mr. West our houses provide a safe place of respite from many of the difficulties of cancer treatment. Without our houses patients and families would not have the support they need to endure the difficult journey. Mr. West and his family have often expressed their heartfelt and deep appreciation for the Hospitality Houses during his time of need.
Donations made to Holiday Lights for Health ease the burden for many families like the Wests, giving them more time with their family and less time worrying about traveling to receive the care they need.
From the hearts of our friends & guests…
“Staying here saved us a lot of money and time… it takes a lot of worry off a person’s mind during a hard time.” — cancer patient and family from Kingston, Tennessee
“We have been here for three weeks and would have been lost without the Hospitality Houses. God sends us who and what we need at the perfect time.” — guests from Texas
“At this time of year, supporting Holiday Lights for Health is the most appropriate way I know to remember loved ones, honor family and friends, recognize colleagues, and acknowledge employees and clients. Dave and I have experienced needing to be near a hospital in a strange city for several weeks at a time. We understand that the Hospitality Houses are a remarkable gift, a safe haven, for patients and their families.” — Martha Moore Hobson