Xavier Magazine

Home of Hope

Some cancer patients travel great distances for treatment in Cincinnati. Now, thanks to the Musekamp family, they can feel a little closer to home. 

In October, George Musekamp III donated $1 million to the American Cancer Society for the creation of the Musekamp Family Hope Lodge in neighboring Avondale. Supporting the Society is a family tradition that he and his children are proud to continue.

“When I was dating my wife more than 30 years ago, my mother-in-law  was running the local office of the American Cancer Society,” says Musekamp. “She inspired me to be a part of it, and the society has been a big part of our family ever since.”

After graduating from Xavier, Musekamp became a successful investment banker in New York. He then returned home to start his own company, Plaza Investments, which is connected to several buildings throughout Cincinnati.

His expertise in turning rescued properties into local treasures—and his passion for helping families fight cancer—helped to build this home away from home.

“It’s a beautiful stone building and a very friendly place. People get together to cook meals, share stories and enjoy having someone to talk to in a familiar place. It’s nice to give someone a sense of ‘coming home’ while they’re undergoing treatment. And it’s a great way to give back to the community.”

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