Having a clean home may seem like a small thing, but for millions of women each year who face a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment, a clean home can offer a much needed sense of normalcy.
For Maria Rios, a breast cancer patient in 2009, it was “overwhelming” to see the dust collect all around her while she was so physically drained from her breast cancer treatments that she didn't have the strength to tackle it herself.
Then a Dallas, Texas-based charitable foundation came to the rescue.
Cleaning for a Reason helps women like Rios in the United States and Canada who are currently undergoing cancer treatment by offering free professional housecleaning or maid services.
Their motto: “One less thing to worry about.”
According to Lynn Frankenfield, the Foundation’s executive director, Cleaning for a Reason is “helping women fight cancer here and now,” by offering them a fresh, clean house so they can concentrate on healing.
To date, the charitable organization has cleaned more than 16,000 homes totaling in excess of $4 million to women in need.
Cleaning for a Reason was the brainchild of Debbie Sardone, owner of Buckets & Bows Maid Service in Lewisville, Texas.
Back in 2005, Sardone took what she thought was a standard phone call from a prospective client, but after being given a quote for services , the prospective client said she was undergoing cancer treatments and couldn’t afford the services and then hung up.
Sardone decided then that no woman undergoing cancer treatment should ever have to decide between treating their cancer and having a clean home. In fact, she would go one step further and offer them free housecleaning services!
After Sardone learned that numerous fellow industry professionals had had similar experiences, an organization came into being. Cleaning for a Reason was born in 2006 to fill a much needed niche.
Any woman currently undergoing treatment for any type of cancer can apply for maid services on the organization’s website. Services aren't based on any financial restrictions, and clients typically receive four monthly cleanings at no charge.