Access to Care: Though Summit County’s Oncology Services Have Evolved Over the Years, Barriers and Limitations Remain
September 23, 2022
Giving cancer patients and their caregivers tranquil lodging to conquer illness in a comfortable home away from home.
Patients and caregivers stayed since 2007
Guest nights since 2007
Years as retreat for recovery
Founded in 2007, Jack’s Place – named after Dr. Jack Eck, longtime and beloved Vail Valley doctor – has provided respite for more than 3,000 cancer patients and their caregivers during treatment at Shaw Cancer Center.
Jack’s Place was built after the Shaw Outreach Team learned of a patient staying in his car because he could not afford lodging for the duration of his treatment at Shaw.
The SOT moved to immediately rectify this problem by beginning a campaign to construct and equip the caring house.
With the incredible gifts from warmhearted benefactors like you, Jack’s Place transformed from a series of blueprints into the 10,825-square-foot lodge it is today.
The 12 room cancer caring house – which operates on a donate-what-you-can basis – is conveniently located adjacent to Shaw Cancer Center and overlooks the panoramic Sawatch Mountain Range.
During their stay, Jack’s Place residents are encouraged to take part in the many amenities available for the mind, body and soul, such as:
I didn’t have the energy to drive back and forth all week. But I couldn’t afford to stay at a hotel, either. Having Jack’s Place is a godsend.
Gail Kahler, patient