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Debbie Sardone started Cleaning for a Reason to provide free housecleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment. The nonprofit organization has donated more than $5.5 million worth of housekeeping services to cancer patients over the last decade.
But it's the woman Sardone never got to help, the one who inspired her to start the foundation, that she thinks about every day.
The potential client had called Sardone's cleaning company seeking an estimate, which she couldn't afford because chemotherapy and radiation sessions left her unable to work.
"She said, 'Maybe I'll call you when I can afford it,' and hung up. And that was before Caller ID. I had no way to call her back," Sardone told TODAY.com. "I made a decision and shared with my staff that day that the next time a woman battling cancer called our office needing help with her home, if she couldn't afford it, we would just give it to her completely for free."
Years later, Sardone shared the story while speaking at a national convention of cleaning professionals, many of whom expressed interest in adopting a similar policy.
"They were big companies, little companies, mom and pops who do the work themselves, and even big franchises," said Sardone, 56. "Many of them came up to me after my workshop and said, 'I want to do that in my town.'"
That prompted Sardone to create Cleaning for A Reason, a nonprofit organization celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The group has helped more than 19,000 cancer patients so far.
Cleaning for a Reason gets about 1,400 requests for service each month. It works with companies throughout the nation and Canada willing to provide cancer patients with one free cleaning a month for four months. While the businesses — which must be insured and conduct background checks on its workers — do not charge the women for their services, their employees are paid for their work.
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