Imagine facing a diagnosis of cancer with all the emotional turmoil that comes with it. Now imagine facing that crisis in an unfamiliar place, miles away from home, your friends, and your community. Thousands of patients and their families who travel to Phoenix for medical care each year experience this situation.

There is now a solution with the official opening of Editha House, a 10,750-square-foot hospitality house with 16 sleeping rooms for adult cancer patients and their adult caregivers traveling at least 40 miles to Phoenix for medical treatment.

Editha (pronounced Ed-ditha) House is not a medical care center, but a safe, comfortable and affordable guest house at 336 E. Willetta St., also features common living, dining and kitchen areas near the interstate, medical centers and hospitals in Phoenix.

Admittance is based only on referrals from medical professionals or medical facilities. Suggested nightly donations of $20 for a studio and $40 for one-bedroom or loft accommodations are being asked, although no one will be turned away if they are unable to pay the nightly fee.

John Kapoor spearheaded the effort, in part, to honor his beloved wife, Editha, who passed away from breast cancer in May 2005.

An official grand opening and open house is scheduled for Dec. 2. For more information, call (602) 682-5458 or (847) 345-7287.

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