When a cancer patient never called back after getting an estimate for cleaning services, Debbie Sardone decided to find a way to grant a free house cleaning to anyone who is struggling with the disease–and, wow, did she ever.
Over the past ten years, her nonprofit “Cleaning for a Reason” has provided $5.5 million in free house cleaning services to women with cancer.
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With money going to chemotherapy or medicine, many patients can’t afford to hire a cleaning service and they don’t have the energy or strength to do it themselves. Since that first call, Sardone has helped 19,000 people with cancer, and still runs her own Buckets and Bows Maid Service in Lewisville, Texas.
Her organization gets about 1,400 new requests each month and Sardone works with more than 1,000 house cleaning services across the U.S. and Canada to award one free cleaning each month for four months to people in need.
Cancer patient Stacey Steele called Cleaning for a Reason because she was so weak she could barely make it through her morning shower, much less clean her house. She says the service changed her life.
“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,” Steele told TODAY. “When you’re not feeling good, the last thing you want to do is go into a dirty bathroom.”
(WATCH the video below) – Photo: Buckets and Bows
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