Housekeeping for cancer patients

Cleaning for a Reason

Fighting cancer is difficult enough, living with it is even tougher…that’s where the Cleaning For A Reason Foundation steps in.

Cleaning For A Reason is the only national non-profit in the country providing FREE, professional housecleaning services for women undergoing cancer treatment. The Foundation, organized as a Texas Non-Profit Corporation, is raising money to provide more help for more women everywhere.

If you know of a woman currently undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, please pass the word to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning – once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment.

All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating professional bonded maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service.

This organization serves the entire USA and currently has 547 partners to help these women. It’s our job to pass the word and let them know that there are people out there that care. Be a blessing to a woman undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer and pass this information along.

(Now let’s just hope they use non toxic cleaning supplies as recommended by the Environmental Working Group!!) The application process opens at 12 noon Central Time Monday through Friday and they accept a maximum of 50 applications each day.

To get help go to their website and click on the CANCER PATIENTS tab.

Donations of funds and services are needed by this non-profit to enable them to serve more women. You can donate via Paypal right on their site.

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Cancer Patients Receive Free House Cleaning

For those undergoing treatment for cancer, even basic, everyday routines like house cleaning can be difficult to continue. Just ask Angie’s List member Joanne Herriven of Lockport, New York, who’s been undergoing chemotherapy since June 2013.

“After 16 monthly treatments, my strength and stamina are not there,” she says. “It is difficult for me to push a vacuum around the house as well as spend time dusting the cobwebs from ceilings, picture frames, .”

At a recent doctor’s appointment, Herriven says she learned about Cleaning for a Reason after telling another patient about her inability to keep up with the housework. The nonprofit group provides four, free monthly house cleaning sessions to women suffering from cancer or undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

“I am not an immaculate housekeeper, but I do have three cats and a small dog and live in a mobile home,” Herriven says. “Dust and cat hair get everywhere. Before chemo, I would vacuum every few days and thoroughly dust weekly. After I started chemo, I couldn’t do that any longer and I was embarrassed to have anyone visit us. My husband tries hard to keep up, but he doesn’t move furniture and does not dust because he doesn’t want to break anything. I thought that Cleaning for a Reason was a perfect solution while undergoing chemo.”

Connie Georges, owner of highly rated Simply Special Cleaning Services in Tucker, Georgia, says company owners absorb the cost of the house cleaning services. “It’s a way for owners to give back to their communities,” she says. “And I don’t mind doing it. It’s a great cause.”

To be eligible for the free cleanings, Irene Jauss, owner of Bright Touch Cleaning Service in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, says a patient must first document their illess with Cleaning for a Reason. “ will have the doctor fax over information proving the patient is undergoing treatment,” Jauss says. “The patient signs a release, and we have signed a release about what we guarantee and what we offer.”

Jauss says that approval process usually takes less than a week, but it can take longer. Herriven says her approval took two weeks from the time she applied online.

Liz Lamar, office manager for highly rated Two Maids & A Mop in Huntsville, Alabama, says she and her coworkers take pride in working with cancer patients and sometimes offer additional services. “We sometimes will maybe do some things we normally wouldn’t do,” she says. “If there are special requests from a homeowner, we meet those challenges and knock it out for them.”

Some of those tasks might include bringing in groceries and doing other work around the home. “We take out trash and do dishes anyway, but we don’t normally do laundry,” Lamar says. “But if one client wanted us to help do laundry or fold clothes . We do this so when we leave, they feel like a weight has been lifted. They often don’t have the energy to clean their home.”

As far as the actual cleaning process goes, Georges says there’s no difference in the way they clean the home for a cancer patient. They clean it thoroughly to remove any residual bacteria.

However, they do sometimes alter what cleaning supplies they use because some contain powerful odors. “I ask if they’re sensitive to scents, because some are,” she says. “Each cancer patient is different. We customize the clean to them. We keep it as healthy as we possibly can.”

THE MAIDS CLEANING SERVICE NEWS

The Maids of East Toronto and Durham Region has joined forces with Cleaning for a Reason, to make the lives of female cancer patients a bit easier. Cleaning for a Reason is a nonprofit organization serving residents of the United States and Canada with the mission of giving free house cleaning services to women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer by partnering with local maid services. Since 2006, Cleaning for a Reason has grown into a nationwide nonprofit with more than 1,200 maid service partners, including The Maids of East Toronto and Durham Region.

“To be able to help members of our community battling cancer in a time of such distress is very meaningful to us,” said Lynn Mulroy, franchisee in Ajax, Ontario. “For the women fighting this courageous battle, this is the least we can do to help lighten their burden. Not only is it positive for them, it’s an important experience for our team members as well.”

On every clean, The Maids of East Toronto and Durham Region performs its 22-Step Healthy Touch® clean, which provides a healthier home environment for the families they serve. This includes using safe, environmentally preferable cleaning supplies, modern equipment, and a well-structured cleaning process to ensure every area of the home is refreshingly clean and tidy. The Maids also ensures commonly touched household surfaces like door handles, light switches, faucets, and remotes are disinfected, to rid homes of pesky germs which can wreak havoc on already weakened immune systems.

“Creating the healthiest home environment possible is what we do, but when it’s for a cancer patient, it’s even more significant,” said Mulroy. “My family and I have been impacted by cancer, so I truly understand how treatment can change a person’s quality of life, and make tasks once so easy, difficult.”

Since the inception of Cleaning for a Reason in 2006, The Maids offices have collectively donated over 3,851 cleans, valued at more than $714,000.

If you, or someone you know is battling cancer and could use the help of Cleaning for a Reason, visit www.cleaningforareason.org/ to learn more and apply for service.

For more information about The Maids, call the office at (905)-427-1773 or visit www.maids.com.

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Breast Cancer Patients Get Free House Cleaning

Take a look at the clock, and think about how quickly two minutes comes and goes.

In that two minutes, another diagnosis of a man or woman having breast cancer, and their lives change forever. October is approaching fast. Moreover, although everyone is feeling excited for falling leaves and spooky decorations, there is another thing to remember. October is breast cancer awareness month! This moment is our time to remember and support all the individuals who are suffering from the debilitating disease of breast cancer.

Although it was challenging to see the positive when a family member, friend, or loved one goes through such a hard battle, a national organization is working hard to put smiles on the faces of women who have breast cancer. This organization is Cleaning For a Reason. They spend their days organizing with cleaning companies all around the United States to give free cleaning services to women that do not have the time or energy to clean their homes while battling this disease.

Clean and Simple Cleaning was honored to be one of the featured in Cleaning For a Reason’s monthly newsletter for their September issue for our employee recognition program. We have been a proud affiliate and company partner of Cleaning For a Reason since they began.

Their program provides free house cleaning services to afflicted breast cancer patients.

Now, there are over 1000 cleaning companies who partner with them to give free house cleaning for breast cancer patients. In honor of breast cancer awareness month, we would like to highlight their incredible efforts. Additionally, also remind everyone to take a moment or two this month to support women and men who are fighting this awful battle.

If you would like more information on Cleaning For a Reason, please visit their website at www.cleaningforareason.org. Always remember to pay attention to your body, in between mammograms check for anything unusual at home. Here’s a great article from breastcancer.org titled “The Five Steps of a Breast Self-Exam.”

Debbie Sardone started Cleaning for a Reason to provide free housecleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment. The nonprofit organization has donated more than $5.5 million worth of housekeeping services to cancer patients over the last decade.

But it’s the woman Sardone never got to help, the one who inspired her to start the foundation, that she thinks about every day.

Cleaning for a Reason staff, and some of the patients they have helped.Courtesy of Cleaning for a Reason

The potential client had called Sardone’s cleaning company seeking an estimate, which she couldn’t afford because chemotherapy and radiation sessions left her unable to work.

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“She said, ‘Maybe I’ll call you when I can afford it,’ and hung up. And that was before Caller ID. I had no way to call her back,” Sardone told TODAY.com. “I made a decision and shared with my staff that day that the next time a woman battling cancer called our office needing help with her home, if she couldn’t afford it, we would just give it to her completely for free.”

Years later, Sardone shared the story while speaking at a national convention of cleaning professionals, many of whom expressed interest in adopting a similar policy.

“They were big companies, little companies, mom and pops who do the work themselves, and even big franchises,” said Sardone, 56. “Many of them came up to me after my workshop and said, ‘I want to do that in my town.’”

Debbie Sardone, Cleaning for a Reason founderCourtesy of Cleaning for a Reason

That prompted Sardone to create Cleaning for A Reason, a nonprofit organization celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The group has helped more than 19,000 cancer patients so far.

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Cleaning for a Reason gets about 1,400 requests for service each month. It works with companies throughout the nation and Canada willing to provide cancer patients with one free cleaning a month for four months. While the businesses — which must be insured and conduct background checks on its workers — do not charge the women for their services, their employees are paid for their work.

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Stacey Steele said Cleaning for a Reason “truly changed my life” nearly two years ago right after undergoing surgery for ovarian cancer. At the time, her health and the welfare of her children were her top priorities — not vacuuming rugs and dusting furniture.

“My focus was on trying to keep things routine and normal for the kids and getting my health back. I wasn’t thinking about cleaning the bathroom,” she said.

“Knowing your house is being taken care of when you don’t have the energy to get out of bed helps lift a huge stress from you,” she said. “At the time, I was so weak that showering would literally be my main activity for the day. And when you’re not feeling good, the last thing you want to do is go into a dirty bathroom.”

Staff of Debbie Sardone’s private cleaning company, a Cleaning for a Reason partner that helps women with cancer.Courtesy of Cleaning for a Reason

R.J. Patel has helped more than 240 cancer patients since his company, PCT Clean, partnered with Cleaning for a Reason in 2006. He said he jumped at the chance to help women during this “extremely vulnerable time.”

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“Women take a lot of pride in their home, and when the home is not where they want it to be, their psychology is hurt, and when they’re hurt mentally, their healing takes longer,” he said.

“It’s just a pleasure to serve these people. When we get the call to go out and literally take care of them, I know that we’re doing God’s work in their homes.”

PCT Clean owner R.J. Patel said his company has provided free housecleaning services to 243 cancer patients through its Cleaning for a Reason partnership.PCT Clean

Cleaning for a Reason is limited by the number and location of the cleaning businesses on its roster, and Sardone said she is desperate to find more partners.

“There are probably 25,000 cleaning services in the United States. We have only 1,150 of them. We want every maid service in the country to join, but most have probably never heard of us,” she said. Because of her certainty in the “power of benevolence,” she said she knows “others would join and donate if they just knew we were around.”

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Sardone has owned a private cleaning business for more than 30 years. She also owns a business that manufactures natural cleaning products and a consulting service for cleaning companies.

“My whole world is about cleaning. If there’s dust or a toilet, my name might be on it,” she said with a laugh. “I understand the needs of cleaning and how difficult it is. And I understand how good it makes you feel when you have a clean house.”

But when the service can easily average more than $120 for a single-family home, she also understands not everyone can afford the service, especially when going through a health crisis — like the woman who called her nearly 20 years ago.

“I think of her nearly every day,” Sardone said. “I am continually reminded of how many women could use our help.”

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While many of us don’t enjoy cleaning, we accept it to be a necessary chore of life. A clean, clutter-free home keeps us healthy and happy. However, certain factors can further grow the burden of keeping your abode tidy. Add kids to your life, cleaning gets even harder. Add cancer? Well now it can feel near impossible. Fortunately, there are some tips and hacks that may be useful.

1. Ask for help

First and foremost, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Many loved ones may be at a loss for how they can assist you during this difficult time. When a family member or friend says, “please let me know how I can help,” be specific with your answer. If the laundry is piling up, ask your best friend to stop over once a week to wash and fold. Chances are they will be more than happy to feel like they are doing something, anything, to help.

2. Call in the professionals

Did you know there are nonprofits dedicated specifically to providing low-cost or even free housecleaning for cancer patients? Hop on Google to research some in your area. A national organization, Cleaning for a Reason, will help you find qualified local providers.

3. Create a manageable schedule

Chores can get very overwhelming when you try to complete them all at once. Cancer fatigue is no joke. Learn your limits and plan accordingly. If you know 30 minutes of standing is your maximum, try setting aside a small chunk one day for dishes, one day for laundry, one day for vacuuming, etc. Rest when necessary and break large tasks down into smaller ones. Turn on some music to make it more fun and always drink plenty of water.

4. Alter your cleaning supplies

Get crafty. Attach dusting cloths, scrubbing brushes and other tools to the end of your long mop or broom handle. This will help you avoid bending over or reaching high for certain tasks. Better yet, strap cloths onto the bottom of your feet so you clean as you walk around! Invest in products that only require spraying and washing off without scrubbing (but be sure to check that they are safe for you).

5. Manage your own expectations

Come to terms with the fact that your house will not be as clean as it used to be – and that’s okay. You’re going through one of life’s most difficult challenges and your free time and energy should be spent with the people you love and enjoying the little things. A cancer diagnosis will teach you what is most important in life, don’t miss out on the lesson.

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There are several amazing organizations that will clean the homes of cancer patients FREE of charge. Regardless of geographic area served, all of these amazing groups partner with licensed & bonded professional cleaning services to clean the homes of cancer patients. Listed below are the different groups that I know of so far. As always, if you know of any other organization that provides free house cleaning to cancer patients, please email me at [email protected] OR post the info here on CancerHAWK directly. Knowledge is power…. Share the power!

Here’s the dealio (as my daughter always says) on each organization: Cleaning for Cancer provides cleaning once a month for up to 3 months for ANY cancer patient nationwide. Applications can be submitted online and a doctor’s note confirming treatment is required.

Cleaning for a Reason provides cleaning once a month for up to 4 months for female cancer patients nationwide. Applications can be submitted online and a doctor’s note confirming treatment is required.

ComforTree provides monthly non-toxic house cleaning to ALL cancer patients regardless of type of cancer for up to one year while the patient is in treatment (treatment includes chemo, radiation, recovering from surgery due to cancer or coming home for hospice due to cancer). For more details on how it works, click here or call 908.256.1192. Currently CanswerLink serves the following counties in New Jersey: Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, Morris, and Middlesex counties. But they hope to go nationwide soon!

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We are proud to be part of “Cleaning for a Reason”, an organization designed to help women with cancer get the daily choirs of life handled. Cleaning businesses across the country choose to participate by contributing money and time to help those who need it. If you live in our service area and are a woman undergoing cancer treatment, or know someone who is then please contact Cleaning For a Reason to enroll in the program and receive cleanings for free while you undergo treatment.

Our commitment to cleaning for women with cancer is one of the most fulfilling things that we do. Let me share just one story…

One of our client’s recently was diagnosed with cancer and began chemotherapy. She thought she would be able to maintain her home throughout her treatment. She has always been a “take charge” woman and didn’t feel right about accepting a maid service at no charge. Her friends urged her to take advantage of the Cleaning for a Reason program. I think she continued to feel as if she wasn’t worthy of the service for about a month. Then the chemo kicked in and it changed her in many ways. She began looking forward to our arrival. She called after each visit and couldn’t say enough kind words. It’s amazing what a clean environment can do for someone. It lifts their spirits and makes them comfortable in their environment.

Sometimes it’s the small acts of kindness that leave the biggest impressions. Our involvement with Cleaning for a Reason allows us to help others in our community by doing what we do best.

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