Taylor Morrison and Banner MD Anderson Welcome Home First Residents to Community Built for Cancer Center Patients

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GILBERT, Ariz., June 7, 2024 ~ Gilbert, Arizona - Taylor Morrison, in partnership with Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Banner Health Foundation, has officially opened a new community of homes for cancer patients and their care partners. The first patients have already begun moving into these homes, which are located within walking distance of the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The homes were built and donated by Taylor Morrison with the goal of eliminating the financial burden of travel and hotel stays for approximately 80 patients and their families each year. This will allow them to focus on their recovery in a comfortable environment without having to worry about additional expenses.

Taylor Morrison Chairman and CEO Sheryl Palmer expressed her excitement about being able to provide this gift to cancer patients. "As a homebuilder, there's no greater gift we could give than to build a community of homes that will eliminate undue stressors like hotel costs alongside rent or mortgage payments, and allow patients to simply heal," she said. She also emphasized the importance of creating a true community where patients can share experiences and support one another.

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The design of the homes draws upon Taylor Morrison's build-to-rent brand Yardly, featuring 1,000-square-foot fully furnished homes with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, laundry, gathering room and private backyards. There is also additional space available for future development depending on patient demand in the coming years.

Dr. Matthew Callister, senior physician executive for Banner MD Anderson Cancer Centers, highlighted the significance of having a comfortable home during cancer treatment. "Despite advancements in cancer technology, true healing occurs at home," he said. "These homes provide comfort, safety and hope for vulnerable patients on their cancer journey, serving as a sanctuary away from their home communities."

The Home Away from Home program was created by Banner MD Anderson to support cancer patients who require long-term lodging during treatment but cannot afford it. This includes those undergoing stem-cell transplants or daily treatment for weeks or months. The program now assists qualifying patients with all types of cancer, recognizing the importance of being close to their care team.

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The grand opening of the new homes was attended by local dignitaries, donors and stakeholders who were able to tour the homes and hear from two of the first patients who moved in. These patients are currently undergoing treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and expressed their gratitude for the comfortable and supportive environment provided by the new homes.

In a special surprise, celebrity organizers from The Home Edit, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, helped move the patients into their new homes while organizing their belongings. Taylor Morrison's relationship with The Home Edit and Clea Shearer's personal and public cancer journey made them a natural fit for this project.

The Home Away from Home program has already made a significant impact on cancer patients in need. Without this assistance, a patient can spend an average of $5,500 on hotel stays during their treatment. With the new community of homes, these expenses will be eliminated for many patients and their families.

For more information about this project, including photos and video from the grand opening event, please visit the press kit provided by Taylor Morrison.
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