“I Just Can’t be Standing by and Doing Nothing. I Have to Try Something Because It’s Not Right”




In Montgomery, Texas, Brittany Mathis, a waitress at the German restaurant Kaiserhof, discovered that she had a rash on her leg. She said, “I went to the hospital and found out it was my blood clotting. So, they wanted to keep me and do CAT scans and MRIs and the next day they came in and told me I had a [brain] tumor.” She did not have health insurance and as of early January 2014 had not yet signed up for Obamacare. The restaurant owner, Michael De Beyer, decided to help her: “I just can’t be standing by and doing nothing. I have to try something because it’s not right.” He intends to sell his restaurant so that he can help pay Brittany’s medical bills. He said, “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.” In 2000, Brittany’s father, John Mathis, died from an undiagnosed brain tumor. Barbara Mathis, Brittany’s mother, said, “I guess sort of the same thing Brittany is going through. I just want her to get help.” Brittany said about Mr. De Beyer, “I really think it’s an amazing blessing and can’t thank him enough and his family. Never thought that anybody would do that, and he did and it makes me feel really good.”

For Further Information:  Tiffany Craig, “Boss selling restaurant to save employee with brain tumor.” KHOU (Houston, Texas). 6 January 2014; updated 7 January 2014


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