PHOENIX – The Phoenix The restaurant community is preparing good vibes and raising funds for a longtime server who suffered two strokes.
The goal was to raise $50,000, but they are already way beyond that.
“Seeing someone so strong and a pillar standing like that is just hard,” says Dave Garland, general manager of Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix.
When people walk into the restaurant there is a face they always expect to see. that of Alberto.
“Everyone knows Alberto,” Garland says. “He’s a bit of a big deal. Always positive. Remembers everyone’s order.”
He has been a waiter at the restaurant for over 25 years.
“He’s always been there. Right hand man. We wouldn’t be here without him,” Garland said.
Now Alberto needs his help after suffering two strokes on July 24. The second was huge and he spent days in intensive care.
He now suffers from paralysis.
“Left side paralysis. He has some range of motion on his right side,” Garland said. “He was moving his left leg a bit the other day. They put him on a tracheo tube.”
The restaurant’s chef has posted a GoFundMe page to help Alberto, his wife and children with their medical bills. Within days, donations poured in and now total $80,000.
“I hate to ask for anything, but that’s the only time I had to,” Garland said. “Albert is my brother, so it’s a big deal.”
Seeing the community respond in this way helps them all heal.
“It’s humbling and we’re all very grateful,” Garland said.
Visit the GoFundMe page here.