Serving compassion: waitresses donate Saturday’s tips to 14-year-old cancer patient

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MIDVALE (ABC4 News) – Waitresses at a Golden Corral are living by the Golden Rule.

100 percent of the 15 or 20 percent tips at the Midvale location Saturday are going to pay Michael Randall’s medical bills. The 14-year-old is fighting Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that has spread throughout his body.

“He has three masses in his brain, two of ’em behind his eyes,”  his mother Anna Randall explained to ABC4 News. “He has cancer in his lungs, heart, his muscles, his bones but they’re working aggressively to get it under control…He’s working really hard. It’s a huge struggle. We’re going to beat cancer.”

Michael’s mother and father both used to work here….before they had to spend all their time with Michael at Primary Children’s Hospital and the Huntsman Cancer Center, so their former colleagues decided to donate all of their gratuities to help pay the family’s bills.

“We’re happy, and we’re rallying together,” waitress Coya Gerber said. “We’re having a great day and a great time. This has been an amazing day for us. We’ve had some wonderful customers and tips today.”

“I could never thank them enough,” Anna said. “It’s a kindness I don’t think I could ever repay. I mean basically, they’re giving us a day’s worth of their five days a week pay so they only have access to four days of pay this week. That’s huge.”

Indeed, a colossal sacrifice for workers who only earn $2.13 cents an hour without tips.

“There’s so much bad news going on right now,” Gerber said. “And to be able to do this, a fundraiser for this young man, this is a young 14-year-old and to bring a little bit of light into the news media I think is much needed right now.

If you’d like to help the Randall family, go to visit their GoFundMe

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