Cleaning for a Reason Provides Cancer Patients a Helpful Service

By: Alex Villarreal Email
By: Alex Villarreal Email

It's the only national nonprofit in the country offering free, professional housecleaning services to women while they undergo cancer treatment, and it's available right here, in the Brazos Valley, through the "Cleaning for a Reason" organization and a local housecleaning company.

College Station's mayor has declared this week, "Cleaning for a Reason Week."

"When you go pick up your own house, that's pretty much what we do,” said Jen Potter, a B/CS resident.

Cleaning her house is not something Jen Potter has much time for. Her 14 month-old son Daegan is constantly on the move, getting into everything... even our microphone.

"It's awesome to know you can just come home and enjoy being with him,” said Jen.

A local cleaning company keeps her rooms neat and her floors clean enough for bare feet.

A painting by her aunt Virginia, is one of Jen's favorites.

Jen said, "It's really nice to have that and know that she was thinking a lot about him before she passed away."

Daegan never met his great-aunt.

"She had had breast cancer years and years ago and had a mastectomy and it came back, and then she had uterine cancer,” said Jen.

While Virginia was sick, a professional service cleaned her home for free, through a program called "cleaning for a reason."

"When you feel that bad, that last thing you want to worry about it your house," said Potter.

This is why it means so much for Jen to be able to offer the same kind of help to women in BCS, through her own company, MaidPro.

Jen said, “Cause you never know when something's going to happen to you and you're going to need something."

When cancer happens to your family, she says the least she can do is lighten the load, by taking over the chores.

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