Brittany Mathis is only 19, but she is facing something devastating: she has a brain tumor. What first appeared to just be a rash on her leg led to escalating tests, until finally she had the fateful MRI. This revealed the mass growing in her skull, alongside her brain.
“I have my good days and my bad,” Mathis told KHOU.
Mathis works with her mother and sister at Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar in Montgomery, Texas. She has not signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and her medical bills are enormous. Her family cannot afford basic tests on the tumor.
But someone can: her boss. Michael De Beyer felt that he had to do something to try and help Mathis, but most of his money is tied up in the restaurant.
So he’s selling the restaurant to pay for Brittany’s healthcare.
"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 rough past that De Beyer refers to is a bad omen for Mathis: her father died some years ago to a brain tumor. The difference in his tragedy is that they only found out about the tumor when it burst. With Brittany, there may still be hope.
Needless to say, the entire Mathis family is stunned by De Beyer’s selflessness.
"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 has owned Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar for 17 years and he is ready to move on. His life transition may help keep one of his waitresses alive to grow as old as he is.