Sarah’s House Aims to Ease the Burden on Cancer Patients

image-8There’s a certain aura among those battling cancer. It’s called hope and for Sarah Robinson, it became a calling.

In 2011, Robinson was diagnosed with a brain tumor and later that year, she lost her battle with cancer.

Before her death, Robinson started the Sarah’s House of Maine, a non-profit organization aimed to help families and patients going through cancer treatments.

During her treatment at the CancerCare Center in Brewer, Robinson would allow other patients who traveled long distances for treatment stay at her Orrington home. That’s when the plan was born.

Robinson’s identical twin, Lindsay Turner, said her sister always wanted patients to have a special home during treatment.

Something many cancer patients can only dream of.

“To have a place and either stay here the night before and then go for my treatment. Or have my treatment and stay for that night would be such a huge thing to help me and my family,” said Linwood Hersey, a former State Trooper who is currently fighting colon cancer.

With Robinson’s vision in mind, Turner found the perfect location. Soon, the former home of Fox Run Furniture on Route 1 in Holden, will be known as “Sarah’s House.”

The plan is to reconstruct the building and add 9 bedrooms. There will also be a common area, a kitchen, and quiet rooms. All of this will sit on 95 acres of land, which include a stream and walking trails for the patients.

“It’s heart-warming to be in here and just to sit in here right now makes me feel good,” said Hersey.

Right now, Turner said $383,000 will pay for the home for fives years plus construction. But, with a long-term goal of $3 million endowment, this family’s work is nowhere near done.

Even Robinson’s 7-year old-daughter contributes her money from the tooth fairy to the Sarah’s Home fund. But it’s the fighters who keep them going.

“I am not battling cancer. Cancer is battling me,” said the former state trooper.

Turner hopes close the final deal with Fox Run Furniture to acquire the building by the end of June.

If the deal works out, construction is set to begin in the fall.

Families may be able to spend the night at Sarah’s House by 2014.

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