CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, November 12, 2016, the American Cancer Society ® honored Extended Stay America ® hotels for the hotelier's flagship room donation program, Hotel Keys of Hope¿. The honor was bestowed during the nonprofit's annual signature fundraising gala, the Cattle Baron's Ball, in the brand's hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. In naming Extended Stay America a distinguished honoree, the American Cancer society effectively recognized the brand as a key partner and outstanding force in the fight against cancer. A charitable program unlike any other in the hospitality industry, Hotel Keys of Hope¿ was born largely from Extended Stay America's desire to make a real and tangible impact on the lives of cancer survivors by contributing more than a simple monetary donation. Upon learning the cost of lodging is among the greatest barriers keeping cancer patients from receiving the treatment they need, Extended Stay America saw a crucial need they were more than qualified to fill and joined forces with the American Cancer Society. Through Hotel Keys of Hope¿, Extended Stay America provides free and deeply discounted hotel stays to cancer patients who face the financial challenges often associated with receiving potentially lifesaving treatment far from home. To date, the brand has donated more than 150,000 hotel rooms to help more than 15,000 cancer patients get access to treatment away from home, saving families nearly $4.5 million in lodging expense. "At Extended Stay America, we are so incredibly proud to be a part of this life-changing program and partnership with the American Cancer Society," commented Extended Stay America executive vice president and chief human resources officer, Kevin Henry, who accepted the honor on behalf of the brand. "Hotel Keys of Hope wouldn't be the incredible success and source of hope that it is today if it weren't for the thousands of employees on the ground, implementing and taking pride in it every single day." Extended Stay America's philanthropic efforts to elevate corporate giving with a program for those battling a cancer diagnosis began with its front line—the brand's more than 8,500 employees. In response to a company survey to uncover sentiment toward a philanthropic foundation, the American Cancer Society rose ahead of all other causes, as cancer unfortunately touches the lives of millions.