SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - They are already living on the fringes of society, the homeless. Of those who are suffering from a terminal illness, even more are forgotten.
Then there are those who become homeless because of a devastating diagnosis. Now The Inn Between, a hospice for the homeless, has entered a new partnership with Susan G. Komen Utah, to provide care for those battling breast cancer and a place to stay while they recover from invasive surgeries.
Gloria Fuller, 62, turns to music for comfort. She's been taking care of other people her entire life.
Most recently, she was a home care provider for hospice patients. Before that, she worked at various hospitals providing mobile X-rays.
She was busy taking care of everyone else.
"That's the main thing, I just forgot myself," said Gloria.
In a cruel twist of fate, Gloria received the devastating diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer and had a mastectomy a year ago. She lost everything.
"I have no place to go."
Thankfully, The Inn Between is in the business of helping the forgotten.
"Surgery, mastectomy chemotherapy, radiation these are pretty intensive treatment that require a lot of recuperation time. It's hard for a woman to recuperate alone and in some cases doctors can't order this treatment if the patient lacks stable housing to recover," said Kim Correa, Inn Between Executive Director.
"It's so hard when your journey is by yourself and you have no body. I can't ask my kids to stay with me," said Gloria.
Gloria has been living at The Inn Between for the past 5 months.
"It helps me survive."
"Where you live, shouldn't determine whether you live," said Kate Moss Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Utah.
One of the goals at Susan G. Komen Utah is to reduce breast cancer mortality by 50 percent by 2026.
"The way that the services of The Inn Between provide help us accomplish that goal, is providing a place to stay when they're going through treatment. If they don't have a place to stay, they might not be eligible for those treatments," said Moss.
"What we see now with the partnership with Susan G. Komen Utah, we've notified the hospitals, Huntsman, Intermountain Medical Center, those hospitals, case managers are aware we can provide temporary housing and it creates a funnel, it opens up the door to provide treatment," said Correa.
"Seventy-five percent of the funds we collect go to services to help Utahns in programs such as The Inn Between," said Moss.
The Inn Between has given Gloria hope
"My faith and attitude helps me to fight."
And has helped keep music in her heart.
The 5th Annual Pink Tie Ball is happening Saturday, November 11 at the Grand America Hotel to honor and remember those affected by breast cancer.
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