Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has donated $1 million toward the construction of an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Houston, answering the call of Texans’ owner Bob McNair, who announced a fundraising challenge through his Robert and Janice McNair Foundation recently: For every $2 raised by the American Cancer Society, McNair will donate $1, up to $4 million.
When completed, Hope Lodge Houston will provide no-cost lodging and other needed amenities, as well as a support system, for those who have traveled to Houston for cancer treatment.
“Cancer is already daunting enough, but worrying about travel, lodging, and other necessities while enduring treatment can be a huge burden,” said Jones, who made his donation through the Jerry and Gene Jones Foundation, per the Houston Chronicle. “Gene and I are proud we can help by joining Bob and Janice McNair and President George and Barbara Bush as they work to bring a Hope Lodge to Houston.”
McNair was recently declared cancer-free after being diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma last year.
“We are grateful to our friends, Gene and Jerry Jones, for recognizing the need and helping us reach our campaign goal this year,” McNair said. “By coming together and supporting a project like Hope Lodge Houston we are able to make a greater impact for deserving cancer patients.”