From the moment a woman receives a breast cancer diagnosis, her world changes instantly. Within seconds, she is forced to begin the fight of her life — a fight that not only brings immense physical, emotional and financial stress, but also takes a heavy toll on her self-esteem.
But imagine a place that provides a sense of hope during the cancer journey — a place built on a foundation of friendship, support and survivorship. That place is Sorrentino’s Compassion House.
Sorrentino’s Compassion House is a warm and supportive “home away from home” for people travelling to Edmonton for breast cancer treatment. A safe, caring and affordable place to stay, guests find comfort and support in the company of others who are facing similar challenges.
Sorrentino’s Compassion House offers six comfortable, private guest suites and shared facilities including a fully equipped kitchen, exercise room, library, resource room, hobby room and internet access.
The Compassion House Foundation was established in 1998 with the vision to build a facility supporting women with breast cancer from Northern Alberta during diagnosis, treatment and the early stages of recovery.
Since we first opened our doors in September 2002, we have provided a warm and supportive home away from home for more than 625 women with breast cancer and their families. We have welcomed guests from over 160 different communities in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. For up to six weeks, these women find the comfort and motivation to fight with everything they have.
It is our mission to ensure that more women with breast cancer will have access to sanctuary and compassionate support when they need it most. Each year, more and more women are diagnosed with cancer in our region. As a result, the number of accommodation requests at Sorrentino’s Compassion House has increased dramatically — and sadly, hundreds of women have been turned away. With your help, the Compassion House Foundation is determined to change this reality.
Growing Compassion is the $5 million capital campaign to expand Sorrentino’s Compassion House. The expansion includes an additional 8 guest suites, larger common areas and an elevator. The expansion is scheduled to open in 2013.