LUBBOCK American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Lubbock received a surprise visit from comedian Ricky Smith Sept. 13. The act of kindness is part of the R.A.K.E. (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere) Gives Hope Tour to support people with cancer and their families. The Hope Lodge in Lubbock is one of 31 Hope Lodge communities the tour will visit in the U.S. in 30 days.
The RV tour kicked off on Aug. 23 and will end with the 31st stop by plane in Hawaii on Oct. 18. Each stop recognizes the importance of American Cancer Society Hope Lodge communities, which collectively provide free housing for 29,000 people with cancer and caregivers each year. Beyond a room to stay while people receive treatment, each lodge offers connection with others experiencing similar journeys.
“It’s an honor to work with the American Cancer Society on this tour,” Ricky Smith, founder of R.A.K.E, said in a news release. “They do so much for so many people and hopefully, I can bring a bit of joy to those I encounter on my journey.”
R.A.K.E. was founded 10 years ago by philanthropist, author, comedian, and speaker Ricky Smith to motivate and inspire communities in a positive way; to enrich lives, encourage kindness, and promote the act of “paying it forward.” He’s appeared on ABC, ESPN, Travel Channel and BBC performing acts of kindness in cities across the globe with the help of celebrities, athletes, and influencers. The tour specifically amplifies the work of American Cancer Society staff, volunteers, and caregivers in honor of his sister, Rhonda Ferguson, who passed away from her own battle with cancer a year ago.
“Hope Lodge communities are here to help people with cancer focus on getting better. The staff, volunteers, caregivers, and patients who are a part of the Hope Lodge in Lubbock all give back in incredible ways to make sure our guests feel supported,” said Robin Gardner of the American Cancer Society. “This tour’s focus on acts of kindness highlights the compassion we already know exists within our community.”
Follow Ricky Smith’s R.A.K.E. Gives HOPE tour across the U.S. at rakenow.org, on Instagram at @rake_now, #RAKE and @rickonia, and on Twitter at @RAKENow.