Josh Katrick had reportedly just walked out of his eighth round of chemotherapy when he found out he was the winner of a contest he had entered at his local pizza restaurant.
Katrick learned that the pizzeria he had been visiting since he was a child called his name as the winner out of 1,200 entries, and he would receive two large pizzas and a soda every month for the next year.
Katrick, who had colon cancer, decided that someone else would be more deserving of the prize and wanted to give rather than receive this holiday season.
“You know the saying, ‘When life gives you lemons make lemonade.’ Well, when life gives you pizza, give away a slice,” the 36-year-old Pennsylvania man told CNN on Sunday.
Katrick donated his winnings to the local Northampton food bank, which was more than happy to receive the generous offer. When the pizza place heard what Katrick had done, they did something equally shocking. They doubled the prize, to make sure Katrick got his share of pizza as well as the portion donated to the food bank.
“I thought someone would win, they’d be excited, come in and get their pizzas, but a story like this to come out of a contest like that …” Giuseppe Aiello, the son of the family-run pizzeria’s co-owner, told WFMZ. “It’s better to give than receive, and especially during this time of year — Christmas.”
Katrick remarked on the kindness shown to him during his cancer treatment and wanted to pay it forward.
“After everything I went through these last few months — I met so many people and have been receiving so much — I felt I wanted to give back,” he said. “The food bank are very thankful. They’re amazed by it. They will put it to good use.”
The holiday season is about giving rather than receiving, and Katrick truly understood and took advantage of a wonderful opportunity to give back to his community, inspiring the pizzeria to donate more food to the food bank in the process.
You can’t ask for a much happier ending than that.
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