Going through cancer treatments is tough enough on its own, but some patients at Davis Health System's Cancer Care Center now will find life a little easier.
Thanks to the generosity of community members, employees, medical staff, area businesses and other supporters, The Davis House will be dedicated on Thursday.
It will be open for use immediately following the dedication.
A ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday in the Davis Memorial Hospital main lobby. The public is welcome to tour the facility, located on the corner of Harrison Avenue and Reed Street following the ceremony and up to 6 p.m. that day.
Refreshments will be served.
"The Davis House is a wonderful tribute to the many people who worked tirelessly to make it happen, and it will be of great comfort to people being treated at the Cancer Care Center," said Dan Bucher, Davis Health System Foundation Special Projects Coordinator. "We are so grateful to the many generous people who not only made The Davis House possible, but who made it happen so quickly."
Widespread support made it possible for the full house to be renovated at once, rather than in stages. Six suites on the first and second floors will be available to cancer patients and their families.
Patients and a guest can stay free of charge in a suite. Each one will have a bed and a private bath, along with a shared kitchen and sitting area. More than 30 percent of patients receiving cancer treatment at Davis Memorial Hospital travel at least 50 miles one way, which can be even more difficult during tough winter weather.
"It really is an exciting time," Bucher said. "The house has undergone a complete restoration. We truly want this to be a home away from home for our cancer patients."
Furniture for the Victorian home will fit the time period as well. By working with local antique shops, the Foundation was able to outfit each suite with dressers, lamps and nightstands appropriate to the era.
Bucher noted that the excavating, paving, landscaping and many other services were donated.
Although an initial endowment was part of the fund-raising goal, additional donations will help with future improvements and maintenance of The Davis House.
To make a donation or for more information visit www.dhsfoundation.com or call 304-637-3152.
Bricks for the Legacy Path are being sold. Existing ones will continue to be displayed in the hospital lobby until the path is completed.
"People really came together to make this happen very quickly," Bucher said. "To have a project this large and this important come together in just over a year is incredibly impressive."