By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -
For those fighting cancer, it can be hard enough to get up in the morning and then you have to get through the day, so the idea of also having to clean your house is almost unbearable. But there's a group that's offering help.
Whether a person is trying to vacuum their carpet, or wipe down their kitchen counter, most people dread cleaning up around the house, so it's easy to imagine how hard it would be if a person is also dealing with cancer.
"Since that time I've done radiation, a couple rounds of chemo, had surgery where they took out the right lobe of the liver and a mass in the colon," Carol Goff said.
Carol Goff and her family have been through a lot since she was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2011. She's lost her job and burned through most of her savings to pay off medical bills. She can't afford a cleaning service and doesn't have the strength to keep her home clean.
"With chemo you have to keep germs under control because that affects you. You could get really sick if your place is not clean," she said.
So when Carol Goff heard about Cleaning for a Reason, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing free house cleanings for cancer patients, she and her husband – himself a polio survivor – picked up the phone.
"I can't do it because of my handicap so I guess we'd be living in a dirty apartment if it wasn't for Jason," Russ Goff, Carol's husband, said.
Jason Hawk from A Touch of Class works as a local affiliate for Cleaning for a Reason. His family has also dealt with cancer, so being a part of the program hits close to home.
"We've doing well with our business. If we can do a little bit to give back to people it's really immeasurable," Hawk said.
Now Carol Goff can focus on her recovery, relying on family, faith and a little help from people like Hawk.
"The support Jason and his team have given us is a miracle, it's a blessing," she said.
They are looking to take on more clients. To learn more, click here.
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