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In a unique partnership, the Community Cancer Fund and Davenport Hotels have announced a five-year agreement in principle to address lodging concerns for cancer patients traveling to Spokane for much-needed cancer appointments and treatments. The partnership, set to begin immediately and last through 2020, will provide a minimum of 400 nights lodging by the end of 2016 alone.

“The Worthy’s and their Davenport Hotel portfolio are great stewards of our community,” said Community Cancer Fund Board President, Ryan Gee. “When we were looking for a partner on this unique project, they were a logical first option. The fact they stepped up without hesitation to help illustrates what this community and fight against cancer means to them.”

The nights of lodging, administered and managed by local cancer-care providers, will help minimize out-of-pocket expenses incurred by cancer patients coming from outside the Spokane market.

“We are pleased to partner with the Community Cancer Fund in their local outreach efforts by providing our hotel rooms to those families in need with a comfortable stay during this difficult time in their lives. Community Cancer Fund is doing great things in our local community and we are excited to partner with such a quality organization,” said Walt and Karen Worthy, owners of Davenport Hotels.

The donation from Community Cancer Fund is the second in a series of announcements regarding distribution of donated funds based on 2015 fundraising success, including last month’s Showcase festivities in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Last week, the Community Cancer Fund announced a $500,000 donation to YMCA of the Inland Northwest to help kickstart an endowment for Camp Goodtimes at Camp Reed, a medically supervised camp for children battling cancer.