• December 20, 2014

Cleaning For a Reason comforts cancer patients

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Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014 4:30 am

Knowing the frustration women undergo when told they don’t have a clean bill of health is why Harker Heights business owner Barbra Hartbarger wanted to help.

Hartbarger, the owner of American Home & Living Solutions, affiliated her business with Cleaning For a Reason a few years ago.

According to Cleaning For a Reason’s website, the nonprofit organization partners with maid services to offer free professional house cleaning to improve the lives of women undergoing cancer treatment.

“My mother is a breast cancer survivor, and my cleaning company took care of her, so I wanted to impact others and give back the same way,” Hartbarger said.

Since her affiliation with the nonprofit, Hartbarger estimated she’s assisted more than 15 women battling cancer.

The clients, or their family members, register with the organization for three free cleanings and are paired with an area cleaning company.

Hartbarger said she works the clients into her schedule and provides the same quality of standard she does for paying clients — focusing on main living areas, making beds, cleaning bathrooms, washing dishes and other tasks the women no longer have the energy to do.

“It’s an honor to help women whose brains want to complete these everyday tasks, but their bodies won’t allow them,” she said. “The look in their eyes … they’re able to receive this easier than asking someone they know for help.”

Copperas Cove resident Julie Moser said she benefited from the service when the organization paired her with Kempner-based The Cleaning Magical Hands.

She learned of the resource when a nurse told her about Pink Funds, a financial assistance outlet for women battling cancer.

Moser found a lump in her breast Oct. 3, the same day her husband, a medical evacuation specialist with the 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, deployed to Afghanistan.

On Oct. 28, she was diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer at age 39.

“I was too sick to do anything,” Moser said. “The kids have chores, but I like my home cleaned a certain way. It was a blessing to walk in to a clean home that sparkled.”

Women undergoing cancer treatment can apply to receive services from one of more than 1,000 affiliated companies at www.cleaningforareason.org.

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