I am writing to inform you of an instance of above and beyond standard service at one of your restaurants.
On Wed July 13th my husband and I went to eat at our local Applebees (Store 909 E Broadway at Tempe, AZ) and we were just moved by how much your staff did for us. My husband is a young adult who has been fighting against a terminal brain cancer for about 20 months. The average life expectancy with this cancer is >3% after 18 months. Every day is obviously special, but last week we wanted to celebrate his being alive for 500 days with cancer.
A 3rd party called our local Applebees for us and spoke to the manager G N about our situation; fighting cancer for months with very little money or time to just celebrate. Your store stepped up and asked us to come in to enjoy a meal.
I wish to truly thank you all for giving us the chance to have a nice evening free of worry. We were able to talk, enjoy the company, and smile. Not only did the two managers come and introduce themselves to us, the waitstaff was quite attentive and the meal itself was absolutely pleasant. We had been told ahead of time that they would 'comp' us one meal and appetizer; and I had enough saved for the occasion that I was more than willing to pay for just one of us to eat out. Your staff decided they could do better, and they did.
The sweetest surprise came when the evening manager (Jeff) not only came over to congratulate my husband on being alive, but that our entire dinner was on the house.
I hope that this small note of appreciation can convey just how much it meant in our lives for that free meal. You have given the two of us a memory of a good time - a time away from the cancer that permeates every bit of our day.
Thank you so much for being truly a neighbourhood restaurant, it is something I will not forget.
I'm a 26 year old former Caregiver. This is my voice to talk about my life- mostly about learning to live now. My husband was diagnosed in November 2009 with Glioblastoma Multiforme- terminal brain cancer. He was only 25 and I had literally just turned 23. He fought hard for almost 3 years before he passed away September 2012, just a month after turning 28.
This was my blog about our life.
This is still my space to find Hope.
This is now my public battle to show what life is like as a 25 year old Widow.