Cancer-Stricken Man Visits Food Bank to Donate Year's Worth of Free Pizza He Won in Raffle
Josh Katrick had just finished his eighth round of chemo to treat colon cancer when he received the news that he'd won a year's worth of pizza.
Two weeks after a Pennsylvania man with cancer won a year's worth of free pizza, he has graciously handed over the prize to a food bank.
Josh Katrick, 36, was greeted with hugs when he visited the Northampton Food Bank Thursday to officially give them the certificates.
Katrick had just finished his eighth round of chemo to treat colon cancer when he received the news that he’d won a year’s worth of pizza from one of his favorite restaurants, Mario's Pizza. He'd won a raffle that 1,200 others had entered.
But instead of keeping the prize of two pizzas and a free two-liter soda per month for himself, Katrick decided to pay-it-forward.
"I was stoked,” Katrick told InsideEdition.com last month. "It was my Friday afternoon and just finished a round of chemo. My [next] reaction is, 'what am I going to do with all this pizza?'
That's when he decided to donate the pizza to his local food bank. He said it was the kindness that others showed to him during his treatments that prompted the gesture.
"I got so much love and support from people I didn’t know," Katrick said. "This was my opportunity to give back to people I don’t know. All that pizza was overkill for me. I didn’t want to see it go to waste.”
Once the owner of the pizza shop learned of Katrick’s gift, however, he decided to give the prize to both Katrick and the local food bank.
“It took me a couple steps back when he said he wanted to give it away,” said Frank Grigoli, the shop owner’s son. "When he told me about the food bank, he broke my heart in a good way. He is such a genuine guy.”
When he visited the food bank this week, the staff was touched by the incredible gesture.
"It's gonna make a lot of people happy," Pamela Kametz, the food bank's treasurer, told WFMZ. "That's so impressive that someone going through so much in his life has the foresight to do what he does."
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