Cancer Survivor Helps Culver's Mark 30th Anniversary

A Wisconsin chain is celebrating a big milestone. Culver's is turning 30! If you think that's impressive, wait until you hear about the milestone a local employee of the restaurant just reached.

Fourteen year old Garrett Metz is one of Culver's newest employees.

"It's really nice. I enjoy meeting customers and like meeting somebody and maybe making their day better."

This is his first job. That's special for any teen, but for Garrett this milestone carries extra meaning.

That's because he was diagnosed with leukemia when was only three and a half years old. For three years Garrett was in and out of the hospital, enduring rounds of chemotherapy and other treatments. One bright side, however, Culver's custard.

"Craig and Lea Culver's they, they played a big part," Garrett smiled. "They took time out of their schedule to like come and visit and do something for my mom and my dad to help out."

You see, Garrett's parents, Rodney and Lisa, are also Culver's employees. In fact, they're assistant managers at the chain's Wausau location where Garrett works. So in this case, mom and dad really are the boss.

"Sometimes it can be a little stressful," Rodney laughed.

The couple has worked for the restaurant for the last 12 years and throughout Garrett's illness.

"They made it very easy for us to just go with Garrett and not worry about the restaurant," Rodney told NewsChannel 7.

Garrett even got a very special gift from the owner and CEO himself.

"Garrett's got kind of a special bond with Craig. So when Garrett was going through treatment, Craig heard that Garrett liked bull riding so he sent him a cowboy hat," Rodney explained.

A hat, that if you look closely, can be see on the wall of the Wausau location.

In perfect health now, Garrett looks forward to scooping up the good stuff next to mom an dad for years to come.


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