By Sherry Van Arsdall Goshen News, Ind.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Cathy Young, owner of "Cathy's Cleaning Service" says the gift of a freshly cleaned home is her way of providing practical help to people dealing with cancer.
A local cleaning business provides free house-cleaning services for women battling cancer in Kosciusko and Elkhart counties.
For 11 years, Cathy's Cleaning Service has partnered with the national nonprofit Cleaning for a Reason, based in Lewisville, Texas, said owner Cathy Young.
Young said she joined Association of Residential Cleaning Services International 15 years ago, a residential cleaning group that advises and mentors small companies.
At the ARCSI cleaning convention in Chicago, we joined the Cleaning for a Reason organization, Young added.
"This organization helps clean homes of women who are currently undergoing cancer treatment," Young said. "We were excited to join knowing this would be a wonderful way to help and give back to our community. My mother is a cancer survivor and to be a part of someone's life going through cancer and being able to help them is so phenomenal.
Some of those we've helped have survived and some have not.
There are so many people impacted by cancer and we all want to do something for them. So, it's been very rewarding these past 11 years to come in and clean their bathrooms and homes. I know it means a lot to them."
Angela McKenna of Goshen was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer in August 2015 and dealt with the side effects from chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
"I thought I could clean my house and not need any extra help," McKenna said.
She said her husband, Edward McKenna, and children Alex, Morgan and Claire, tried to help with the housework and keeping up with chores as she struggled with the side effects from her treatments.
Her sister, Jana Bell, read about the nonprofit online and suggested McKenna fill out an application.
"I was having a hard time and decided to apply. I qualified for the service and got a call from Cathy," McKenna said. "I received four months of cleaning.
Misty (Ott) came once a month. She was really great and she helped my older son. It was nice just knowing someone cares and the fact she came in and did it for free.
It provided support for my whole family. We had people come to our house all the time and it felt good knowing my home was more presentable for company.
It lifted the burden of keeping the house clean. I didn't have to worry about having it done. It was a relief to know someone would be doing it and I could concentrate on getting better."
Young said her employee, Ott, goes above and beyond her duties while cleaning for cancer patients.
"Misty has a caring heart and a generous spirit. She looks beyond what needs to be done," Young said. "She took Amanda's son under her wing and gave him tips on how to keep the house clean between her visits to clean. She gave him guidance and support. We know that a diagnosis of cancer is devastating and we want to help in a tangible way during this difficult time.
The gift of a freshly cleaned home is our way of providing practical help now. I try to encourage other cleaning services to be a part of it and I know there is not lot of people (dealing with cancer) who know about it. It's really easy to apply." Follow Sherry on Twitter @svanarsdall_TGN For more information on the Cleaning for a Reason foundation or to apply for free house cleaning services, visit the website at cleaningforareason.org or call 877-337-3348. ___ (c)2017 the Goshen News (Goshen, Ind.) Visit the Goshen News (Goshen, Ind.) at www.goshennews.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.