By DEBRA TOBIN Logan Daily News Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
LOGAN — Three words no one ever wants to hear: “You have cancer.”
Fighting the disease is difficult enough, but living with it is even harder.
Adding to the fear of dying from the disease and all the treatments involved, one thing cancer victims should never have to worry about is taking care of their homes.
Cancer victims oftentimes don’t have the energy or the time to take care of themselves, let alone take care of their homes.
One local young man has taken it upon himself to be an advocate for those who are going through treatments and need help with keeping their homes clean and in order.
Kyle Walker, 19, of Logan, saw the need in Hocking County and the surrounding areas to help those who need assistance during this trying time of their lives and has joined forces with Cleaning For A Reason.
“It’s just my way of giving back to the community,” Walker stated. “My grandmother had cancer and died from it, and I feel it’s necessary to help those who are struggling.”
Cleaning For A Reason is a nonprofit organization serving the entire country and Canada as well.
The organization partners with maid or cleaning services throughout the U.S. and offers professional house cleaning services to women who are undergoing cancer treatments.
A young entrepreneur, Walker first started working at the age of 14 delivering The Logan Daily News. At 15, he saw the importance and value of making money and ventured out to start his own lawn service, Real World Services Company.
However, a short time later, Walker decided it was time to branch out and opened a cleaning business under the same company name. His life since then has been a whirlwind.
Walker cleans commercial properties as well as residential homes in not only Hocking County, but also eight other surrounding counties.
With approximately 40 clients, Walker has a staff of 10 workers including his sister, Stacey.
With the passing of his grandmother, Walker realized the impact the disease can have on family members as well as the victim and wanted to do something to help those who suffer from the disease.
“I’m hoping to take away some of the stress and burden,” he stated. “I saw this program and knew I wanted to be a part of it. It’s a great program and while it doesn’t cost the client one cent, my company pays a monthly fee to be a part of this organization.
“This is just a small price to pay to help someone who is stricken with cancer,” he added.
Those interested in participating in the program to receive free house cleaning services must go online and complete the form at www.cleaningforareason.org or contact Walker. He and his team will help with the paperwork.
Those participating in Cleaning For A Reason will receive four house cleanings for four consecutive months. Walker’s staff will clean all or a portion of the participating client’s home, whichever the client prefers.
“I just want to get the word out that there is help locally for women who are consumed by cancer treatments and need help with their house cleaning chores,” Walker stated.
“We are here and willing to help and it’s free,” he added. “This program is offered to women who are taking cancer treatments all over the United States and has been a great success and I know as soon as people here find out about the program, it will be popular here too.”
Walker emphasized one of the reasons he’s involved with Cleaning For A Reason is so cancer victims can focus on their own health and work towards the goal of getting better.
“We will focus on the home so they can focus on their health,” he stated.
For more information about services offered by Real World Services, visit www.realworldservicesco.com or call their office at 385-3276.