Several cleaning companies in Middle Tennessee are joining the fight against breast cancer by helping those in treatment for the disease.
Free cleaning services are offered to women in treatment for cancer through Cleaning for a Reason, a nationwide network of more than one thousand cleaning service providers.
The Cleaning Authority of Smyrna is the latest local business to partner with the nonprofit organization.
“When they contacted me, I was really happy to join the organization that supported them and be a part of it,” said owner Wylie McNair.
McNair manages nearly a dozen teams that clean up to 40 homes a day, but those teams have found time to help patients like Denise Kemp.
“It was really great having a clean tub and a clean kitchen,” laughed Kemp.
Kemp was diagnosed with breast cancer in February and began treatment almost immediately. She has undergone chemotherapy, double mastectomy and radiation.
The treatment left her with no hair and no energy.
“For six weeks, I couldn't do laundry. I couldn't sweep. I couldn't clean my tub,” she said.
During that time, Kemp's husband took care of the household chores.
He also became the primary caretaker for the couple's two children, a nine-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son with a rare congenital condition known as Sturge-Weber syndrome.
Within the last month, the Kemp family got relief through Cleaning for a Reason and the Cleaning Authority of Smyrna.
“I couldn't stand it,” Kemp said of the mess before the cleaning crew arrived. “And when they left and I saw the bathroom and stuff, it was wonderful. It makes you feel really good to have a clean house.”
Kemp is now in remission and reconstruction, but her mobility is still limited. The Cleaning Authority of Smyrna will clean her home once a month for the next three months, so she can focus on her health, recovery, and family.
To date, Cleaning for a Reason has helped more than 9,000 women battling cancer and raised more than $1 million in donated cleanings.
To learn how to help or to apply, visit CleaningForAReason.org.