- Dalton Shaffer, 18, delivered a pizza from Steve’s Pizza in Battle Creek, Michigan, to Julie and Rich Morgan, in Indianapolis, Indiana, after learning Rich was terminally ill and on hospice care.
- The Morgans had planned to go to Battle Creek for Julie’s birthday, but couldn’t make it because Rich, who has cancer, ended up in the hospital.
- While Steve’s Pizza normally doesn’t make deliveries, Shaffer decided to make the three-hour trip to Indianapolis with pizza for the family.
A Michigan pizza shop employee delivered to a terminally-ill man 225 miles away in Indiana after learning he and his wife couldn’t make the trip north because he was too sick.
Julie Morgan wrote about the experience in a Facebook post, saying she and her husband, Rich, had planned a trip from their home in Indianapolis to Battle Creek, Michigan, for her 56th birthday.
The couple used to live in Battle Creek, and would regularly dine at Steve’s Pizza – and planned to do the same on Julie’s birthday trip.
But their trip was interrupted when Rich, who has a salivary gland cancer, ended up in the ICU and the couple learned he had to go into hospice care.
With Rich in hospice care, Julie’s father called Steve’s, and told an employee, 18-year-old Dalton Shaffer, his daughter’s story.
While the pizza parlor normally doesn’t make deliveries, Shaffer decided to make the three-hour trip to Indianapolis with pizza for the family.
“I just wanted to do that for them,” he told the Battle Creek Enquirer. “I just wanted to make them happy.”
Just after the pizza shop closed at 10:15 p.m, on Saturday, Shaffer drove 225 miles, making it into Indianapolis with a pepperoni and mushroom pizza at 2:30 a.m., where he was greeted by the Morgans’ children, and Julie’s father, David Dalke.
Dalke offered Shaffer a place to stay for the night, but Shaffer turned him down, saying he had to work later that day, and drove another 225 miles back home.
Shaffer said he thought the gesture was going to be a “kept quiet kind of thing,” but when Julie and Rich Morgan discovered the pizza in the morning, they thanked the teenager on Facebook.
“I cried and couldn’t believe it,” Julie Morgan said. “I was incredulous.”
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