Cleaning for a Reason Helps Area Cancer Patients

There are countless motives why people partner with Cleaning for a Reason. For Amy Smith, the grounds were personal.

There are countless motives why people partner with Cleaning for a Reason. For Amy Smith, the grounds were personal.

“Cleaning for a Reason really touched my heart. Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer, but what hit me the hardest was when I lost a very young friend to breast cancer,” said Smith, who started Dazzle Cleaning Service in St. Johns in 1990. “My sister also had breast cancer but has thankfully been cancer-free for five years. It’s easy to imagine what it’s like for people, but it’s another thing to see people you know going through it.”

Founded by Debbie Sardone in 2006, Cleaning for a Reason has worked to ease the burden of people going through one of the toughest times in their lives. The nonprofit partners with 1,200 cleaning companies across the United States and Canada, and it has helped more than 43,000 cancer patients and totaled more than $14 million in donated cleaning services.

Smith said that when she heard about Cleaning for a Reason, she knew that it would be a fantastic way to give back to the community that has supported her mid-Michigan business for the past three decades. Not only do the people in need appreciate the help, but the technicians at Dazzle Cleaning Service also enjoy being provided the opportunity to give cancer patients one less daily chore to worry about.

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“It’s the greatest feeling to know how much you are helping somebody in need,” Smith said. “And the cleaning technicians love it too, being able to do their job and to help somebody in their community that is in need. It’s a different sense of satisfaction at the end of the day, knowing it was something that a person could not do on their own and making their environment safer and healthier for them.”

Dazzle Cleaning is also working to shine a light on the work that Cleaning for a Reason is doing across the continent by holding the weeklong Cleaning for Cancer event Oct. 11-15. The business is looking to spread awareness and clean for new patients. The week ends with an event called Jam for a Reason, sponsored by Royal Scot Golf and Bowl, and inludes a live performance by the duo Pryorities, a cash bar and an auction to raise money for Cleaning for a Reason.

For more information about Cleaning for a Reason and the Cleaning for Cancer event hosted by Dazzle Cleaning Service, visit


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