Program helps cancer patients at home

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

When you're told you have cancer, the world can seem to stop in its tracks.

Those who are fighting the battle say you begin to rely on others to help you through daily activities.

One program is helping Michiana women going through cancer treatments keep their houses clean. It's called "Cleaning for a Reason."

"The Maids," which serves Granger, South Bend, Elkhart and surrounding areas, became a part of the national program last year. So far they've helped out seven local cancer patients with free cleaning.

Michele Scherpenberg is one of them. She's finished her treatments and is working to get her strength back and get into a normal routine after battling breast cancer.

“It's a sense of relief to see that your house is clean,” Scherpenberg says. "It's kind of like when you go through your treatment and you're getting to the end and everything, you start to see the beauty of everything; you get to see the beauty back in your house again after going through this. You're always in a state of doubt but you know that you have this great big war that you have to win and it's kind of nice to find out that there are other people out there willing to help you as you go through your war."

"Everyone that we've been able to help cleaning that are going through the cancer treatments, they are just so wonderful," The Maids Managing Owner Nicole Lehman says. "I get emails and I get phone calls and it brings tears to my eyes because I am able to help them do something they're not able to do themselves."

There is currently a waiting list of people who are in need of help.

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