Texas restaurant owner to sell business to help employee with brain tumor
How far would your boss go to help out in a health crisis? A Texas restaurant owner saw a 19-year-old employee facing stacks of medical bills and wants to take drastic action: he wants sell his business to help her pay her bills.
Along Highway 105 in Montgomery, Texas is Kaiserhof Restaurant. There, you'll find an extraordinary employee.
"I have my good days and my bad, get headaches."
Brittany Mathis doesn't look or even sound sick but she is and all of her co-workers at the authentic German restaurant know it, including her mother.
"It's like a waiting game," says her mom Barbara, who works with her daughter at the restaurant. She's worried for good reason: her daughter has a brain tumor.
"The rash on my leg started and went to hospital and found out it was my blood clotting so they wanted to keep me and do CAT scans and MRI's and the next day they came in and told me I had a tumor," Brittany said.
The 19-year-old doesn't have insurance and has not signed up for Affordable Healthcare. Now, the medical bills are piling up and treatment has stopped.
So her boss, Michael De Beyer, stepped in.
"I just can't be standing by and doing nothing I have to try something because it's not right," he said.
He took drastic action, and put the family's 6,000 square foot restaurant on the market. His plan is to donate the profits to Brittany so she can get the help she needs.
"Here's a family they really work hard they have a lot of stuff against them in the past and they are not holding their hand open they didn't even ask anybody for help," Dyer said.
For this family, Brittany's brain tumor is just the latest blow dealt to them. In 2000, Barbara's husband, John, had a tumor that nobody knew about. When it ruptured, it was fatal. Now, Barbara just wants to get Brittany help before it happens to her.
Brittany's says she's shocked by the actions.
"Never thought anybody would do that and he did and it just makes me feel really good," she said.
De Beyer said he's owned the restaurant for 17 years and believes it could be worth up to $2 million.