7 Jan 2014

Boss selling 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.
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.
"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.


  1. Once again my faith in humanity is restored (for now), thanks to the De Beyer family's compassion.

  2. So going online I discovered that if she was making $18,000 a year she would pay premiums of $60 a month with an out of pocket maximum of $1500 a year with a Silver Blue Cross Blue Shield Policy under the ACA.

    So while I really appreciate the gesture of her employer, why not get this woman coverage under the ACA?

  3. Herr De Beyer ist ein wunderbar person.

  4. Single payer, all inclusive - the wave of the future!

  5. No insurance company would cover her with a known issue that is going to cost millions to fix. Although for that pretty soul i'd give up some of my brain. of course I'd require at least one date.

  6. I guess you are clueless about the ACA. Insurance companies have to take you regardless of preexisting conditions. I guess you must have been living on another planet for the last few years.

  7. Or I live in Canada you twat. No need to be rude, that's how it is here and I figured the US was no better.

  8. Well how was I supposed to know? You did an excellent job of imitating a clueless Texan.

  9. LOL okay that was funny, nevertheless no need for being harsh. Good for her getting herself fixes up though.

  10. I grew up in Texas, went to law school in Texas, and practiced law in Texas the first half of my legal career. I ran out of patience with clueless Texans a long time ago.

  11. Well that explains you being rude. For someone that works with the public you should have more compassion that not everyone enjoys the same thing as you.

  12. Actually, my clients found me to be very compassionate. Which is why I know something about the ACA. I actually cared enough to make sure a number of people got it who would not have done so without my help. Not bragging (cause to me its not a big deal or effort) but it was pro bono.