Taking the lead from one of its franchise owners who gave the gift of life to an employee, Charley's Grilled Subs® has decided to give a month-long gift this January by designating a portion of its sales to further NKF's life-saving work.
"We were all moved to witness such an act of faith and kindness by Charley's franchisee, Marcus Gilbert, who donated his kidney to save the life of a 16-year-old employee, Juan Delgado," shares James Pa, Senior Director of Marketing for Charley's.
Charley's will be donating 10 cents of the proceeds from each sandwich sold during the month of January - National Philly CheeseSteak Month- to support the NKF."And don't forget to buy a sandwich at your local Charley's
Juan's battle with end-stage renal disease began three years ago. Juggling school and mounting health problems, Juan had difficulty finding and holding on to a job. In March, Marcus stepped forward and offered him a position at Charley's in University Mall in Orem, Utah- but his giving wouldn't stop there.
Shortly after starting work, Juan learned he needed a kidney and was placed on the transplant list. Marcus and his entire team stepped up to assist Juan by fund raising to help Juan's family with medical expenses for a transplant.
In order to receive a transplant, however, Juan needed to first find a kidney donor. No one in his family was a match, so Marcus got tested, found out he was a match, and, without hesitation, agreed to donate his kidney to his young employee.
"Although every enterprise has fiscal responsibility, we must remember that the heartbeat of a business is always its people. Partnering with the National Kidney Foundation was a simple extension of Charley's commitment to ‘strengthening our neighbors,'" continues Pa.
Ohio-based Charley's Grilled Subs®, has over 350 locations in 39 states and 12 countries. Founded in 1986, Charley's is best known for its fresh grilled Philly Steak & Chicken subs, gourmet fries and flavored lemonades. More than 90 percent of Charley's restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees. The restaurant chain has been recognized at the top of more than ten national lists for successful franchising, entrepreneurship and management. For more information or to find a store near you visit http://www.charleyssteakery.com/