SPOKANE, Wash. – A Spokane business owner struggling with a family health emergency got some unexpected help.
Luxe Coffee Shop owner Isaiah Crandall’s life took a turn last year when his wife Tammy was diagnosed with breast cancer. The high expenses of treatment forced Crandall to close the coffee shop numerous times in order to take care of his wife.
“Big Table”, a charity aimed at helping people in the service industry, heard about Crandall’s situation. The organization’s creator, Kevin Finch, heard the story from a friend. Finch said he decided to try and help in a unique way.
"I said we wanted to help in some way with some of the extra expenses. Planned to come in when I knew he was working, ordered a grilled cheese sandwich, and left the tip,” said Finch. "It was a 500 dollar tip."
The $500 tip from Big Table helped Crandall not only pay for his wife’s treatment, but he put it towards a family vacation on the Oregon Coast.
"When something like that comes around, it's absolutely appreciated. I can't say enough for people going through what we are, how big things like that are for them,” said Crandall.