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Washington Regional Dedicates New J.B. Hunt Transport Services Cancer Support Home

Washington Regional Medical System today held a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the new Washington Regional J.B. Hunt Transport Services Cancer Support Home.

The 9,980-square-foot facility, located at 488 E. Longview Street in Fayetteville, provides hope and comfort for those on a cancer journey with overnight lodging with eight accessible guest suites, a wig and prosthesis boutique and support services. The home is the only one of its kind in Northwest Arkansas, and services are offered at no charge to patients regardless of where they receive care. The new building was made possible by gifts from many generous donors, including J.B. Hunt Transport Services, for which the facility is named.

The John and Tamara Roberts family chaired fundraising campaign efforts for the new home. “Our family was moved by the support available through the Cancer Support Home to those navigating the unfamiliar road of a cancer diagnosis,” the family said. “We wanted to be part of easing the burden and relieving some of the stress of an already stressful situation for cancer patients and their families.”

Washington Regional President and CEO Larry Shackelford said the new facility allows the system to continue fulfilling its mission. "We are grateful to both J.B. Hunt Transport Services and the Roberts family for their generosity and steadfast commitment to improving the lives of people in Northwest Arkansas. Their support allows Washington Regional to further its mission of improving the health of people in the communities we serve.”

Construction on the J.B. Hunt Transport Services Cancer Support Home began in February 2020, and the facility began welcoming clients in March 2021. Since that time, the new J.B. Hunt Transport Services Cancer Support Home has provided 177 nights of overnight lodging to 18 families.