About the Lee Haugen Long Foundation
Founded in 2015, the Lee Haugen Long Foundation is partnered with “It’s Maid Up” to provide cleaning services in Greenwood (County), South Carolina to women with cancer who are currently receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
It started with a single anonymous gift
In 2014, Lee was diagnosed with a grade IV glioblastoma multiforme (a type of brain tumor). Shortly after her diagnosis, she underwent surgery to remove the tumor and then began the rigorous schedule of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
After beginning her treatments, Lee and her husband Don soon realized that she could no longer keep up with her share of the housework. Besides the time commitment alone of radiation and chemotherapy, the treatments left Lee feeling too sick and fatigued to do much cleaning. Lee and Don discussed the possibility of hiring cleaning services to help around the home.
But before they could make the call, a local company named “It’s Maid Up” called the Longs with good news! An anonymous benefactor had made arrangements to provide cleaning services for them for a full year. Lee and Don were both overcome with gratitude.
This gift allowed Lee’s family and friends to spend more quality time with her in the last year of her life.
A community coming together
The Long family have been neighbors to Lisa and Michael Stephens for many years. Inspired by the generosity and kindness of this anonymous benefactor, Lisa wanted to help more local women. In 2015, she established this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in honor and in memory of Lee.
This foundation helps women and families experience the same joy and peace that Lee and her family felt during her cancer journey. It reminds cancer patients that neighborly love and compassion still exist.
Muddling Through Together
A full 30% of royalties from Muddling Through Again will go to the Lee Haugen Long Foundation. After Amazon takes its cut, the rest of the book proceeds go to the author, or, in this case, the editor. Brita donates a full 30% of the gross revenue to the Lee Haugen Long Foundation. All expenses for running this website and for marketing this book come from the editor’s remaining revenue.