KHOU 11 News Houston
Posted on January 7, 2014 at 12:21 PM
MONTGOMERY, Texas -- Along Highway 105 in Montgomery, you'll find the Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar. You'll also find a waitress extraordinaire named Brittany Mathis.
"I have my good days and my bad," said Mathis.
The 19-year-old employee doesn't look or sound sick, but she is -- and everyone at the authentic German restaurant knows it.
It started with a rash on her leg.
"I went to the hospital and found out it was my blood clotting," Mathis told us. "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 tumor."
Mathis doesn't have insurance and hasn't yet signed up on the national health insurance marketplace. The medical bills are piling up, and she can't even afford to find out if the tumor is benign or malignant.
That's where her boss comes in.
"I just can't be standing by and doing nothing," said Kaiserhof owner Michael De Beyer. "I have to try something because it's not right."
So De Beyer has decided to sell his family's 6,000-square-foot restaurant and donate money to Mathis.
"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," said De Beyer.
The Mathis family has been through a lot.
Mathis' older sister and mom work at the restaurant, too.
In 2000, Brittany's dad John Mathis, had a brain tumor that no one knew about. When it ruptured, it was unexpected and fatal.
"I guess sort of the same thing Brittany is going through," admitted Barbara Mathis, Brittany's mom. "I just want her to get help."
The idea that someone could give so much is a bit overwhelming for the entire Mathis family.
"I really think it’s an amazing blessing and can't thank him enough and his family," Mathis said. "Never thought that anybody would do that and he did and it makes me feel really good."
De Beyer said he has owned the restaurant for 17 years and believes it's worth as much as $2 million. He also wants to sell the business to spend more time with his wife and two children.