Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Materials are removed from the Salt Lake Central Stake 13th Ward in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

SALT LAKE CITY — The American Cancer Society needs an additional $1.4 million to begin construction on the local Hope Lodge, a facility to house cancer patients and their caregivers.

A fundraising campaign that began in 2006 has garnered $13.6 million thus far, needing $18 million for completion. Upon reaching $15 million, however, officials can start the building phase of the 63,000-square-foot facility at 100 S. 400 East.

The facility, one of 31 the country, intends to provide a home away from home for local and visiting cancer patients receiving treatment at any of the various cancer treatment facilities in Salt Lake City. Plans for the building include 42 private suites expected to serve nearly 800 patients each year.

The Hope Lodge is funded completely by donations.

Donors have already provided $13.6 million and the land was previously donated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Sept. 26 fundraising gala amassed $674,034, with $429,710 going to the Hope Lodge, and $244,325 going to local American Cancer Society programs to help cancer patients.