Organization offers free house cleaning for women battling cancer
Customers get four free cleanings
Last Updated: 58 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - A national organization with local ties has found a way to help women undergoing cancer treatments with their household chores.
Battling cancer and keeping up with daily chores is a combination that Cleaning for a Reason does not want any patient to deal with.
Several local companies are doing their part to make sure that women don’t have to use their energy to clean a dirty house while undergoing cancer treatment.
Linda Keller is in the middle of chemotherapy treatments. She was diagnosed with breast cancer the day before her 65th birthday.
Her daughter heard about Cleaning for a Reason and signed her mother up to have her home cleaned for free once a month.
"When fatigue hits you, you just can't do it. You just rest. It's a fatigue like I've never had in my life," Keller said.
The cleaning companies do not get reimbursed, but the owner of Housekeeping Maid Easy in Fishers knew she wanted to participate.
"Well, in 2002 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. So that really hit close to home. And after I started my business, Debbie Sardone who is the founder of Cleaning for a Reason, I met her personally at a convention. And since my heart was totally knit to the purpose, I said I want to be one of your first companies even though I'm a brand-new business and I really can't afford to give things away for free, I just wanted to do it," owner Monika Christensen said.
Over the years, Christensen’s company has cleaned homes for more than two dozen women as they battled cancer for free. She can only afford to take on two or three free clients at any one time, but Keller is glad she's one of them.
"Oh, it was mentally and physically a huge help. I mean, mentally it was like I was sitting in a clean little castle. I could not believe how it perked me up mentally because it took my mind off everything. That was one less thing I had to worry about," Keller said.
Cleaning for a Reason started as a small nonprofit in Texas and it is now a nationwide program. More than a dozen Indiana companies participate in the effort.
Each customer gets four free cleanings during their treatment.
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