SALT LAKE CITY -- Organizers of an initiative to build a Hope Lodge for cancer patients and their families who come to the city to receive treatment are asking state lawmakers for a one-time appropriation to help build the $18 million facility.
Katie Eccles, who chairs the committee raising funds for the lodging facility, said $11 million has already been raised toward the facility and state money could help organizers potentially break ground on a 42-suite facility to serve cancer patients from throughout Utah.
She and organizers from the American Cancer Society made an appeal for $1.6 million to an appropriations committee, which is expected to prioritize potential projects for final budget review before the end of the 45-day legislative session.
The LDS Church has donated a 2.2 acre parcel for the facility at 375 East and 100 South on property where an abandoned church now stands.
Top of Utah lawmakers liked the idea. Sen. Stewart Barlow, R-Fruit Heights, cited a guest house near McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.
Rep. Dixon Pitcher, R-Ogden, also cited the same facility as an example of making a big difference. "This is a model appropriation," Pitcher said of the plan.