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Extended Stay America to offer free and discounted rooms to cancer patients

Charlotte-based Extended Stay America and the American Cancer Society teamed up Friday to provide 20,000 free and discounted hotel stays to patients who must travel for treatment.

To symbolize the donation, officials hung a large banner at the hotel firm’s Ballantyne-area headquarters depicting 10,000 plastic room keys. Officials said the free and discounted rooms will ease financial strain on cancer patients who often travel more than 140 miles for treatment.

The patients will be able to stay at 684 hotel properties across the U.S. Half of the room stays will be free, while others will be offered at a complimentary rate of $12 per night.

Extended Stay announced in 2011 that it was moving its headquarters from Spartanburg, S.C., to Charlotte. In July, the company filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission signaling its intention to go public.

The initial public offering could raise up to $500 million, according to a filing this month.

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