One man is selling a restaurant he has owned for 17 years to help his 19-year-old employee who is suffering from a brain tumor.
Michael De Beyer, owner of Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar in Montgomery, Texas, hopes to auction off his family-owned business to help Brittany Mathis.
Mathis was diagnosed with the brain tumor last month, but hasn’t signed up for Affordable Healthcare yet and is not insured.
“I’m not able to just sit by and let it happen,” De Beyer told the Montgomery Courier. “I couldn’t live with myself; I would never be happy just earning money from my restaurant knowing that she needs help.”
Mathis, who lost her father to a brain tumor when she was a child, says she suffers from painful headaches. She was told she had a brain tumor the size of a ping-pong ball on the left side of her brain. She hasn’t gone through with the treatments because she is not insured.
Upon hearing the news, De Beyer, a married father of two, told Mathis’ family he was going to sell his German restaurant to donate money to them.
“Here’s a family, they really work hard, they have a lot of stuff against them in the past and they are hot holding their hand open. They didn’t even ask anybody for help,” De Beyer told KHOU.
The generous boss believes the restaurant is worth $2 million, and had just turned down an offer of $1.3 million right before hearing about Brittany’s health condition.
“But now I want to auction it off at a reserve price [or minimum bid – 50 percent of the actual value] any anything above that will go to help Brittany,” he said. He hopes to spend more time with his wife and children after selling the restaurant.
Brittany’s mother and older sister both work at the restaurant.
“Michael has been a real blessing to our family. And he’s just always been there whenever we’ve needed anything,” mother Barbara Mathis told the Courier.
Source: The Montgomery Courier, KHOU