Texas Community and Chick-fil-A Team Up to Help Cancer Patient
Philip Browne, Operator of the Chick-fil-A in Waxahachie, Texas, first got to know cancer patient David Bush when David showed up at the restaurant to get a chicken sandwich after his most recent chemotherapy session.
"He’d been missing our food,” Philip said of the IT Director at Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU). "This was his first meal coming off chemo. We had a nice interaction. Then I found out he was in this deep fight with cancer. I tried to encourage him a bit.”
Months later when Philip ran into a friend of his, Donnie Bostwick, head basketball coach at SAGU, who happened to mention David and a national fundraiser known as Coaches vs. Cancer, Philip took it as no coincidence. And it didn’t take him long to get involved.
Philip’s Chick-fil-A hosted a fundraiser in David’s honor – in conjunction with SAGU and Coaches vs. Cancer – during which the restaurant donated $1 of every meal to David and his fight with cancer. They even stayed open late after a SAGU basketball game to collect as many donations as possible.
"All people had to do was mention David’s name and a dollar of their meal was earmarked for him,” Philip said. "We had more than 400 people come, and we were able to make a donation of $750. It was nice to have the opportunity to help someone local, and it was a great way to connect and pull together as a community.”
David was diagnosed with Stage 4 Diffuse B-Cell Lymphoma in 2012. He underwent chemo and radiation with positive results, but the mass in his arm eventually returned. He recently received cell treatment and is getting stronger each day. Thus far, SAGU has raised $6,500 toward its goal of $10,000 on David’s behalf.
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), empowering basketball coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
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