Local firm offers free residence cleaning for cancer patients

by Lionel Casey

Of all the worries affecting a cancer patient present process chemotherapy and radiation, the closing issue you might reflect consideration on is getting the house smooth. But Dawn Zapf, fifty-four, of Cheltenham, thinks approximately it all of the time.

Zapf began a house cleansing carrier 25 years ago referred to as Executive Maids, whose 15 personnel smooth homes in Northwest Philadelphia, Eastern Bernard Law Montgomery County and other components of the Delaware Valley. But she is likewise part of a nationwide network, Cleaning For A Reason, whose participants provide their professional services freed from rate to girls undergoing most cancers remedy.

According to the website of Cleaning for a Reason, based in Lewisville, Texas, the collaborating 1,200 cleaning organizations like Zapf’s have donated $11 million well worth of residence cleanings to 33,000 girls with most cancers. The carrier turned into lately honored by way of Ellen DeGeneres on her “Ellen” TV show. A lady from Philly’s Port Richmond section, Raylene Arko, proprietor of Keep it Clean with Raylene, regarded on the display and generic a great donation from Ellen on behalf of Cleaning for a Reason.

Zapf, who grew up in Burholme and moved to Cheltenham in 2002, owned and operated a nation registered daycare for six years when her kids were small, but in 1993 one of the mothers suggested “that I work as she did. She wiped clean houses for a residing. “She might drop her little woman off at 8 a.M. And would be again for her round 2 p.M. She referred to that I changed into running tons longer hours.

“So I took on one task and then every other. A friend stuffed in for me even as I attempted it out. I changed into true at it and enjoyed it, so I gave the daycare parents more than one months be aware to locate new daycare vendors for his or her kids.

“I commenced cleansing one domestic an afternoon, then two houses a day. Soon I had so many customers, I had to hire personnel.”

Zapf estimates that she has had approximately forty to 60 clients in Northwest Philadelphia and Eastern Montgomery County. The common cost of a house cleaning is $one hundred fifty to $two hundred and takes about one to 2 hours with three professional, insured and bonded house cleaners.

But Zapf has been offering the unfastened house cleanings for most cancers patients, thanks to Cleaning for a Reason, due to the fact that 2002.

“I remember seeing a commercial for cancer that affected one in 3 women,” she defined. “When I went to work the following day, I regarded across the room at my control team, three of us, and wondered which one of us might that be?

“It was then that I looked for an application that I ought to get worried with to assist out. I observed Cleaning for a Reason and notion it would a very good fit for us and for them.”

Cleaning for a Reason contacts a participating cleaning service everywhere within the U.S. When they get a new patient in that firm’s provider place.

One satisfied consumer who received complimentary cleanings from Executive Maids is Maureen Robinson, of Dresher. “Dawn’s company did provide four cleansing visits after I changed into going via my remedy for most cancers in 2011-2012,” she informed us. “I changed into thankful to have them come because my youngsters were 12, 10 and 8 on the time. Their assist allowed me not to should fear about one extra thing. I was in the domestic at the time they had been there due to the fact that I became getting better from the facet consequences of treatment, and they had been very respectful of my domestic and of my presence. They did a fantastic task!”

Another glad consumer, now not a part of the Cleaning for a Reason application, is Greg Santamaria, who said, “I am a Philly Homicide Detective, and my spouse is a Philly Police Officer. As you may consider, our schedules are pretty busy. We have a son, daughter, three small dogs and a cat, and while we do discover time to break far away from work, we like to entertain, so Executive Maids has been a true blessing. They are very thorough and expert, leaving the house always looking and smelling right. We have used them for years and have usually been absolutely happy.”

What is the great recommendation Zapf ever acquired? “When you examine human beings, look for the coolest in them. If you search for the horrific, you may discover it. If you search for the good, you’ll find it. So search for the good. My grandmother used to constantly say that.”

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