Homeless Detroit mom of three fighting cancer gets free home

Simone Hearn has a fight ahead of her. She's got three kids, stage three cancer, and homeless. Now, her whole life is changing.

In the two weeks after FOX 2 told her story for the first time, we were flooded with calls and e-mails from viewers and fans who wanted to help. You all delivered.

FOX 2 viewers have rallied to help a young mother fighting stage three breast cancer and homelessness. Last week, FOX 2's Amy Lange found her a place to rent for cheap. Then she got a phone call she couldn't refuse.

"I want to give you these keys and hope that this part of your life anyhow is a little easier for you," said Mitch Albom with Working Homes Working Families, as he handed the keys to Simone Monday.

The newly fixed up and even furnished home on Detroit's west side is ready for the family after the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and Working Homes Working Families made it possible.

"I just don't think you should have every burden of life come down on your head," Albom said. "Someone who is working, someone who has a family. Enough is enough if you've got to battle health. We're very lucky to battle health and that's what we're here for."

We first told Simone's story two weeks ago. The 24-year-old mother of three is fighting stage three breast cancer. She was on the verge of homelessness and was living without lights for so long, her 7-year-old daughter Simyiah had one wish for the summer: "We can eat and our lights won't be off or nothing."

Donations poured in from generous viewers. A GoFundMe account is now up to $20,000. Just last week, Simone found a place to rent in Inkster for $700 a month, but then FOX 2 got a phone call from Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries.

"It is so bad when we know a person's going to go through chemo and then come back and be in a car or in an unhealthy home," said Chad Audi with Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. "So now she doesn't have to worry about it and that's one less thing she has to deal with."

Simone must pay for utilities and taxes but there's no rent. This is her home, fully furnished with new appliances.

And the folks from Detroit Rescue Mission packed the house full of food!

Simone was a little overwhelmed but so excited! She can't wait to show all three of her children - their new beds in their new rooms in their new home.

"I'm just grateful that they thought about us and gave us a home and I won't let them down," Simone said.

It comes just in time for Simone's next round of chemo which starts on Tuesday.

You can still donate to help the family. Click here for the GoFundMe link.
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