NEW MARKET, Ala. (WHNT) - They come armed with mops, buckets, dust rags and gloves to special homes around North Alabama. A non-profit organization recruits local cleaning companies to polish off a big chore for women who are fighting for their lives.
"Whenever I hear they're coming, I just get all giddy," said Tracy Woodcox of New Market.
She's a 48-year-old survivor of a cancer of her blood plasma, having battled it for five years.
Over the last year, visits from The Maids of Huntsville have been high points for Tracy, as she deals with some very low points in her life related to her diagnosis.
"It affects everything," said Woodcox of the cancer.
She's all smiles, though, when a team of four ladies comes through her front door to take one battle off of Tracy's shoulders: keeping a clean house.
"Sometimes it's the little things that mean so much and this means a lot to me," said Woodcox.
The Maids of Huntsville is one of three local cleaning companies that do the work for "Cleaning for a Reason," a non-profit organization that provides free house-cleaning services to female cancer patients who qualify.
The team comes once a month for four months, free of charge.
"It's things they normally were able to do before and it's just a struggle, they're more tired now," said Carrie Shaw, a branch manager of The Maids of Huntsville, describing the priceless service they provide to cancer patients who've been stripped of their energy.
The crew rids each room of dust and germs, while Tracy relaxes as best she can.
"I just had a relapse, so the cancer has spread," Tracy confessed. She is about to begin a new regimen of chemo to clean her body of the cancer. And she's grateful to use what little energy she has for that chore instead of house chores.
"Cleaning for a Reason" is always looking for more cleaning companies to join their mission.
Those companies must be licensed, bonded and insured. Click HERE to learn more about the companies that do the work to give back to their community.
Patients can click HERE to get an application for the service.
Tracy Woodcox also asks that people take the time to join the Bone Marrow Donor registry. Be the Match.