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Restaurant owner selling eatery to pay employee's medical bills

Jan. 7, 2014 at 4:45 PM

MONTGOMERY, Texas, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A Texas restaurateur said he plans to sell the eatery he has run for 17 years to pay the medical bills of an employee suffering from cancer.

Brittany Mathis, 19, a waitress at the Kaiserhof Restaurant and Wunderbar in Montgomery, said she went to have a rash on her leg checked out and doctors performed tests that led to the discovery of a tumor, KHOU-TV, Houston, reported Tuesday.

"I have my good days and my bad," Mathis said.

Mathis said she does not have health insurance and has not yet signed up for the Affordable Healthcare Act.

However, she's receiving relief from her mounting medical bills from her boss, Kaiserhof owner Michael De Beyer, who said he is in the process of selling the eatery to cover Mathis' costs.

"I just can't be standing by and doing nothing," he said. "I have to try something because it's not right."

Mathis, whose mother and sister also work at the restaurant, said her father died in 2000 from a brain tumor he didn't know about.

"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," De Beyer said.

De Beyer said he is hoping to get as much as $2 million for the restaurant. He said he is looking forward to being able to spend more time with his family.

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