Memorial Cancer Hospitality House built in Holden

HOLDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A new Cancer Hospitality House is being built in Holden in memory of Sarah Robinson, an inspiring woman who died before she could see her dream coming true.

The idea was simple: a place for cancer patients to stay during treatment so they wouldn't have to travel hundreds of mile to receive treatment. Robinson developed the idea of a house that would provide little or no cost to cancer patients.

She passed away in 2011, but now her wish is being fulfilled by the community. Her twin sister, Lindsay Turner said that Sarah found her purpose of living in her battle with cancer.

"Sometimes I feel like I walk a little lopsided without her, but Sarah's House kinda keeps me upright . And that's kinda how I found my strength and my ability to keep going and doing this. It's her last words that ring into my mind whatever you do don't let this die."

Lindsay is carrying on her sister's legacy with the help of locals pitching in to make this 9 bedroom and 1 quiet room house an oasis for loved ones fighting cancer. One of those volunteers is Stan Peterson who said Sarah came to him to make sure her dream became a reality.

"Sarah came to me and the Rotary Club and punched me in the arm one day and said, 'Stan we got to do something about this we need to build a house for these people to stay in.' And that was the start of it.'"

This house is midway through construction and all the supplies have been generously donated by businesses and locals. Peterson said you don't need construction experience to volunteer just a drive to make a difference.

If you're interested in helping Sarah's House of Maine you can volunteer or make a financial donation by visiting their website.


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