A generous Texas restaurant owner is selling his business, which he has owned for 17 years, to help pay for the medical costs of a 19-year-old employee suffering from a brain tumour.
Michael De Beyer, the German-born owner of Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar in Montgomery, Texas, has offered to auction his business to help employee Brittany Mathis, who does not have health insurance to cover the costs of her treatment.
Mr De Beyer told the Montgomery Courier:
– Michael De Beyer, owner of Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar
I'm not able to just sit by and let it happen.
I couldn't live with myself; I would never be happy just earning money from my restaurant knowing that she needs help.
Mathis, who works as a waitress and kitchen aide at De Beyer's restaurant was diagnosed with a ping pong ball size tumour in her brain last month.
The diagnosis comes 14 years after her father died suddenly of a undetected brain tumour.
Mathis told the Montgomery Courier:
– Brittany Mathis, waitress at Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar
Michael has been a real blessing to our family and he’s just always been there whenever we’ve needed anything.
I really think it's an amazing blessing and can't thank him enough
De Beyer plans to auction his business at a reserve price - 50 per cent of the actual value of the restaurant - and has pledged that anything he makes above the minimum bid will go towards Brittany's healthcare costs.