4 Your Community: Woman provides free lodging for cancer patients

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 1, 2015) -- Battling cancer is a journey in itself, and every year thousands of patients have to travel hours just to get treatment at IU Simon Cancer Center in Downtown Indianapolis.

One woman is helping to ease that burden by creating a free place to stay.

Sandy Kincaid and her daughter live more than 80 miles away, but have to come to the Circle City because Sandy’s husband is getting treatment for esophageal cancer.

“It’s about a two-hour drive from Downtown Indianapolis to Logansport,’ said Kincaid.  “So yeah, if we had to do this every day it would be exhausting for us.”

The Kincaids stay at a property owned by Denise Jacobson.

“It’s been a big help to just help us with our own mental and emotional well-being,” said Kincaid.

Jacobson was inspired to turn the property into free lodging for cancer patients and their families after her own friend was diagnosed with cancer three years ago.

“I happened to be at the Ronald McDonald House and the lady there said there’s nowhere for people to stay, adult patients and their families to stay,” said Jacobson.

So she started the SON House.  That’s Serving Others’ Needs.   Jacobson has served plenty in just one year.  IU Simon Cancer Center told CBS4 there were 40,000 inpatient and outpatient visits last year, coming from all 92 Indiana counties and 35 different states.

“We’ve served over 400 nights of guests over the last year,” said Jacobson.  “They’re coming from all over the United States from Texas to Pennsylvania and then even Northern Indiana.”

Guests will find a kitchen to cook, a place to do laundry and a living room to relax.  SON Foundation is able to operate on donations so the patients and families don’t have to pay.  IU Simon Cancer Center typically makes the referrals.

Right now, the SON Foundation wants to open up more rooms in the home, and get another refrigerator because families usually bring a lot of food to cook.

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