A Michigan pizzeria worker just went the extra mile for a man battling cancer. If fact it was more like the extra 225 miles!
If it was going to be your last pizza ever, where would you order it from? That was a question answered by Julie and Rich Morgan, and there response was Steve’s Pizza in Battle Creek, Michigan.
“Whenever they got a paycheck they would go to Steve’s Pizza because they loved his pizza,” Julie’s dad, David Dalke said.
However, the couple moved over 20 years ago, and their orders stopped. But the pizza restaurant never faded from their memories, or their taste buds.
“She talked about it through the years,” said Dalke. “She’d say, ‘no one makes pizza like Steve’s Pizza.’”
The couple recently planned a trip back to Michigan, and Steve’s, when something unexpected struck.
“They were so thrilled to do it, thought it would be a great reminiscence, good memory,” Dalke said. “But instead what they ended up doing was going to the ER at the hospital and Rich’s diagnosis was that of severe cancer.”
Rich eventually entered in hospice 200 miles away from Steve’s Pizza.
One evening, as 18-year-old Dalton Shaffer was cleaning up and closing down Steve’s, the phone rang. Dalke was on the other end of the line.
“He said that his family was thinking about coming up and grabbing pizza and things like that,” Shaffer said. “But due to the circumstances they weren’t able to do that.”
So that night, minutes away from breaking free of work, Shaffer made an odd suggestion.
“I offered to bring pizza to them,” he said.
“I said ‘Dalton… I want to make sure you understand,'” Dalke said replaying the phone conversation. “‘I’m calling you from Indianapolis, Indiana. That’s three and half hours away, 225 miles…’ He said ‘I know that.’”
While the Morgans slept, unaware of the plan, Shaffer made the three-hour drive across the state line to Indiana.
“And I went out to meet him around 2:30 [a.m.], he got out of his car and acted like he was delivering pizza, he said ‘Here’s your pizza!'” Dalke said. “He opened them up, ‘Here you go: pepperoni, pepperoni and mushroom.'”
“The family came up, gave me a hug and everything like that, and it was cool,” Shaffer said. “The expression on their faces and everything, was really cool.”
“Anybody that’s watching this… keep them in mind and pray for them,” Shaffer said. “And I hope the best for them and I hope the Lord brings them comfort.”
Not only was this Shaffer’s longest delivery, it was also his first. As it turns out, Steve’s Restaurant doesn’t deliver.