Restaurant's surprise gesture brings family comfort in crisis

Restaurant's surprise gesture brings family comfort in crisis
Becky Blair (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Becky Blair (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Leah Pratt (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Leah Pratt (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Alex Miner (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Alex Miner (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Louisville restaurant chain's Ladies Night Out promotion unexpectedly turned into a gift of love for a group of women going through a difficult time. 

The Melting Pot restaurant is known for getting families to gather around the table. Tuesday night they did just that, but this time the dining room was not on the restaurant's property. Instead a one time delivery came straight from the heart.

"It's family and belonging," The Melting Pot Louisville Assistant Manager Alex Miner said of the restaurant's motto.

It was a perfect theme for the women in Becky Blair's family. The women had been wanting to try out the fondue restaurant for some time so a few weeks ago, they made a reservation for the restaurant's Ladies Night Out. Aunt Becky, who hadn't been feeling well, would be the guest of honor.

"She's one of the greatest women I know," Blair's niece, Leah Pratt, said. "She will do anything for anybody."

Then days before the dinner, Blair's recent stomachaches suddenly become unbearable.

"She was in some severe pain," Pratt said.

Blair said, "A month and a half ago, I thought I could run a marathon and then I got really sick."

Her sister and nieces got her to Jewish Hospital doctors on Friday. Pratt took her Aunt to the hospital.

"Within 15 minutes, they found a mass on her lung," Pratt said.

News of the inoperable lung cancer has forever changed their lives. Pratt called the restaurant and explained their group cancellation.

"I was actually the one that answered the phone," Miner said.

He said the call overwhelmed him.

"Everybody knows somebody that's affected by cancer and for somebody to be so forthcoming with that information," he said, "a bell went off in me."

Blair said her niece brought her some surprising news in the hospital.

"She came to me and said, 'they (the Melting Pot managers) said if we can't come there, they're coming here,'" Blair said.

She expressed her gratitude to the manager arriving at the hospital.

"That means so much because I don't even know you all, but I thank God for the love he puts in people's hearts."

For one night only, Ladies Night Out was served at Jewish Hospital.  "I never had anything done for me in my life like this," Blair cried.

Sometimes when big things happen in life, it's the little things that matter.

"For them to touch us the way that they did with their gesture," Pratt said, "I wanted to share this with other people to let people know there is still goodness in this world."

Blair said to Miner, "I'm glad love is still there because you don't see it every day and this made a believer out of me."

Jewish Hospital opened up a private room so the whole family could eat together. Blair and her loved ones said they were still stunned by this sweet gift from stranger. They said it is something they will hold on to when times get tough in the coming days.

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