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Man sells his restaurant to help waitress

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Boss selling Montgomery restaurant to save employee with brain tumor

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.
Man sells his restaurant to help waitress
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Man sells his restaurant to help waitress

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 for Affordable Healthcare. 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.
Man sells his restaurant to help waitress

"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.

He's tried to sell the restaurant before, and once turned down an offer for $1.3 million.

If you would like to help Brittany, you can make a donation at any Woodforest National Bank. The account is in the name Michael De Beyer.

Tiffany Craig
January 6, 2014
Source: KHOU

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Man selling restaurant to help employee endures skepticism over generous offer

Response at the Kaiserhof Restaurant has been nonstop since our original story aired.

That's when we introduced you to Brittany Mathis, the 19-year old employee with a brain tumor and no medical insurance.
Man sells his restaurant to help waitress

Her boss, Michael De Beyer, plans to pay her medical bills when he sells the restaurant. He can't believe the worldwide reaction.

"Overwhelming," De Beyer said. "I didn't have time to look at all the response we get."

The story about Brittany seemed to strike a chord with people. She was out sick on the day we went back to follow up on the story but told us this during our original interview.

"I have my good days and my bad," said Brittany. "I get headaches, sleepy, dizzy."

Her mom Barbara Mathis works at the restaurant too and has been fielding calls and questions since Tuesday morning.

"I think people they're curious," said Barbara. "They don't understand."

But everyone here has also dealt with the negative reactions. Some believe De Beyer is using Brittany to sell his business and others question his good intentions.

"Some people suggested that there might be something going on between you two," said reporter Tiffany Craig.

"I read that too and that's sick," responded De Beyer. "No, definitely not."

De Beyer admits that he has tried selling his restaurant over the years.

Most recently, it's been on the market since last summer but brittany's new medical emergency means he'll slash the price and try to sell it faster.

"The new thing about it, I would receive a lot less money," said De Beyer. "So she gets medical, gets taken care of."

Barbara said both she and her daughter are signing up for Affordable Care.

Brittany doesn't know if her tumor is cancerous yet.

If you would like to help Brittany, you can make a donation at any Woodforest National Bank. The account is in the name Michael De Beyer.

Tiffany Craig
January 8, 2014
Source: KHOU

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