By Lucy Lee



Fredericton, New Brunswick – April 2, 2020 – Local company Grakei Maids, LLC has been donating cleaning services to cancer patients for the past seven years through its partnership with Cleaning for a Reason, a nonprofit serving cancer patients through free house cleaning. Grakei Maids wants to bring heightened awareness of the cause to Dane County during National Cleaning For A Reason Week, April 18-24. The goal is to help more households battling any type of cancer.

Said owner Laura Barnard, “Since teaming up with Cleaning for a Reason in 2013, Grakei Maids has helped a total of 35 cancer patients, donating 415 labor hours of free cleanings valued at over $14,500 worth of services. I am proud of the difference Grakei Maids has made in our community and am committed to helping many more families battling cancer in their hour of need.”

“I was drawn to Cleaning for a Reason because it is a non-profit that genuinely helps people living with cancer,” said Barnard. “Life for a cancer patient is very hectic and exhausting and house cleaning is low on the priority list. It takes a lot of energy and motivation to clean under such circumstances. That’s when our amazing staff steps in to bring the practical support and peace of mind patients need.”

Through partnership with Cleaning for a Reason, Grakei Maids works with cancer patients to clean at least two homes per month for two consecutive months free of charge. This will be an ongoing service to cancer patients residing in the Greater Madison Area, which includes Cottage Grove, Fitchburg, Mc Farland, Madison, Maple Bluff, Middleton, Monona, Oregon, Sun Prairie, Verona, Waunakee, and Westport.

About Grakei Maids, LLC
Grakei Maids started in 2008 as a solo cleaner operation and was established in 2011 as an LLC with employees. Argentinean born founder and owner Laura Barnard has built her company up into a trusted home cleaning business specializing in house and office cleaning. The company serves more than 400 clients a year and employs a staff of 22 permanent, full time and temporary cleaning technicians.

Barnard was recognized by In Business magazine as a member of its 2020 40 Under 40 class. The annual program honors 40 of the most successful and civic-minded young professionals under the age of 40 in the Greater Madison area. Barnard was also awarded the Latina-Owned Business of The Year Award by the Latino Chamber of Commerce. Grakei Maids has received two Professional Image Awards by ARCSI for Best Uniform and Marketing Campaign. For more information about the company, go to

About Cleaning for a Reason
Cleaning for a Reason partners with more than 1,200 residential cleaners throughout the United States and Canada to offer free house cleaning to any household battling cancer. Since 2006, the nonprofit and its partners have donated more than $13 million in services, helping more than 39,000 cancer patients. In 2017, Cleaning for a Reason was adopted by ISSA Charities, the charitable arm of ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. To learn more about Cleaning for a Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, see