WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - For women battling cancer it's important they have a clean house. A local woman is doing her part with her business "Clean For a Reason."
The business tackles grease and grime, dirt and dust whether up high or low, reaching into places even the most particular homeowner might overlook.
The cleaning team is from Two Maids & A Mop Rockville. They're providing two pairs of helping hands to cancer survivor Amber Schmitz.
The company, is a volunteer partner with Cleaning for a Reason, a Texas based charity that provides free cleaning services to women in treatment for any type of cancer. Marnie Hammel and co-owner Mari Millard opened Two Maids & A Mop a little over a year ago.
"We partnered with them because we are a female owned business and feel it’s very important for women to give back to women in their community," said Marnie Hammel, Two Maids & A Mop.
The business gives back to survivors like Amber. She was diagnosed last year at age 40 with Stage 2 breast cancer. It had spread to her lymph nodes.
"Well basically, it hit me like a ton of bricks...I was very surprised," Amber said.
The initial treatment phase was 16-weeks of chemotherapy. Through it all, Amber held down a full time job, managed her family and kept up as best she could with household chores in her four-story home. But, she was feeling worn out trying to juggle her routine.
"...there were times when I got up to the fourth floor, especially getting ready for bed, I was about ready to collapse in to bed because it can get tiring," Amber explained.
With surgery and radiation ahead, Amber's oncologist suggested she apply to Cleaning For A Reason.
She did and after providing a doctor's prescription, the match was made. The timing couldn't have been better. The crew showed up for the first of three general house cleanings the day after her bilateral mastectomy.
"It was nice having them come in at that time because I was very limited and with a bilateral mastectomy there was a lot of pain...so it hurt," said Amber. "I didn't feel like cleaning at that point."
"As women we take on the primary role of taking care of the kids, cleaning the house. When you have cancer-that doesn't stop. You still feel an obligation to your family and yourself. It adds one more burden so what we can do is take that burden away," said Marnie Hammel, Two Maids & A Mop.
"...seeing the house clean and feeling like everything was healthy again, the house was healthy---I feel healthy again and so it helped boost me and enable me to fight what I had to fight...the chemo and the cancer and everything," said Amber.
Amber has one more procedure left, reconstructive surgery in the New Year.
If you or a woman you know is in treatment for cancer and could benefit from this free house cleaning service, click here.
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