#2 of 25 UPLIFTING, QUIRKY THINGS THAT COULD ONLY HAPPEN IN AMERICA

//#2 of 25 UPLIFTING, QUIRKY THINGS THAT COULD ONLY HAPPEN IN AMERICA

#2 of 25 UPLIFTING, QUIRKY THINGS THAT COULD ONLY HAPPEN IN AMERICA

2. … can cancer patients get help with housekeeping (Dallas, Texas)

Debbie Sardone, 55, remembers every second of the call. Eleven years ago, she answered the phone at her house-cleaning service. The woman on the other end asked for a price. When Sardone gave her the quote, the woman responded, “I can’t afford that now. I’m going through chemotherapy and radiation,” and promptly hung up. Sardone, who didn’t have caller ID, chastised herself: Why didn’t I offer to clean for free? Later that day, she gathered her office staff and instructed them to perform services without charge for women with cancer.
 

Three years later, Sardone formed the national nonprofit Cleaning for a Reason, which now boasts 1,085 member businesses in all 50 states (and Canada); together, they’ve donated more than 15,000 house cleanings. One partner describes the work as “vitamins for the soul.” “I never knew how good it would feel to give away for free what I do for a living,” says Sardone.
 

Read more: http://www.rd.com/culture/best-of-america-2014/#ixzz3EufB7wGJ

2014-10-01T17:01:16+00:00

3 Comments

  1. Jean Ann Holman August 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    This sounds wonderful.

  2. Cheri November 6, 2015 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful service. I am terminal and just finishing up the 2nd line of chemo. I am very blessed to know the next time I am on chemo that you will be there for me. I am hoping to have at least a 10 month remission. My friend just sent me your link.

  3. Suzanne November 24, 2015 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I was diagnosed with aggressive stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 43 and have no cancer in my family, and had followed most of the ‘rules.’ I continued to work full time as a Realtor and host Clothing Swaps and events to help my community in San Francisco. I worked through my double mastectomy and am half way through chemo, with radiation on the horizon, and honestly, cleaning my house was so stressful and I have become so fatigued.This is a blessing. I found out about your services through a friend, and am so grateful to be able to apply, as well as share with some of the women I have met who also are finding it challenging. THANK YOU.
    Suzanne

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