By Art Holliday
St. Louis (KSDK) - Chemotherapy and radiation treatments take a toll on Charlene Bryant of Fenton, who is often too tired to clean her home.
"I've had leukemia for about 12 years and last year was diagnosed with lymphoma," said Bryant.
Thanks to a nationwide non-profit organization, Cleaning for a Reason, women undergoing cancer treatment can get free house-cleaning services.
"Just having everything clean at one time just makes me feel better," said Bryant.
Cleaning for a Reason partners with maid services in all fifty states in the U.S. as well as Canada. In St. Louis, Better Life Maids provides much appreciated help to cancer patients.
"Four cleanings per month for four months," said Better Life Maids vice president Angela Ricketts, co-owner with her husband Matt Rickets. "And then we move onto the next person in need of a cleaning."
"It has been such a blessing," said Charlene Bryant. "What these companies and these girls have done, I appreciate so much."
Appreciate clients like Bryant provide a boost to the employees of Better Life Maids. The tough part is that some of the clients don't survive their cancer. Rebeka Alvarez is a veteran member of the cleaning crew.
"We did clean one time, the girl was 27 and she had breast cancer, then she had brain cancer and she was terminal. That was probably the hardest one I've ever done."
A woman undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment can sign up on the Cleaning for a Reason website. Her doctor will have to fax a note confirming the treatment.
Cleaning for a Reason will have a partnering maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service.
The website for Better Life Maids is www.betterlifemaids.com, 877-MAID-TIME.