Cleaning Industry Rallies Around 7 year-old Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient

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The Housekeeping Channel® Pools Resources for Family Whose Trailer is Transformed By “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

When 7 year-old Tara Kubena returned to East Bernard, Texas, she and her family walked into a new home transformed by “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” that included donated cleaning products and services pooled by The Housekeeping Channel®

“Keeping Tara protected from viruses and bacteria is going to be a life-and-death issue,” said Allen P. Rathey, founder of the Web site. “Once again, the cleaning industry has stepped up to support this family who has dealt with so much financial and emotional hardship.”

Since the age of two, identical twins Tara and Sara have undergone several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation for the same form of childhood leukemia. After both sisters’ leukemia was in remission, they could finally go to school and play with other children, after years of isolation to protect their vulnerable immune systems. Tara’s leukemia, however, recently relapsed, and she received a bone marrow transplant, her best chance for survival.

To support long-term housekeeping for the family, The Housekeeping Channel tapped its partner and advertising base to donate products and services from companies including:



•Mary Moppins



“Supplying the Kubenas with cleaning and indoor environment products was essential to bringing Tara Kubena home, a seven-year-old who has virtually no immune system," said Diane Korman, Coordinating Producer, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." "We are grateful beyond words for the support of The Housekeeping Channel® for making this important donation happen."

The Housekeeping Channel® is a focused media and consumer resource in the cleaning, motivation, home organization and indoor environment categories that is frequently consulted by the online and print press as a source of factual information for articles in women’s, family, consumer and general interest publications.

The Housekeeping Channel® strives to be the Web’s most comprehensive storehouse of information and resources to help households everywhere achieve a cleaner, more organized and healthier indoor environment. The site provides how-to tutorials, plus news and reviews regarding the latest innovations from the cleaning products industry to improve the home environment. Resources include time-saving systems, tools and motivation for keeping a better house at the click of a mouse.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA. The series is executive-produced by Tom Forman. The show airs Sundays (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), on the ABC Television Network.


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