After a week-long customer campaign, Marco’s Pizza franchise owner, Joe Walker, presented Gilbert resident, Tommy Taylor with a check for $76,000.
Taylor has been fighting for life for the last 5 months. He has uncontrollable high blood pressure. For the last 6 years, Taylor credits his life to a device implanted in his chest during a clinical trial. With the trial now over, the device did not get FDA approval so Taylor has to cover the cost of his surgery on his own. No insurance company will cover it. That cost is now approximately $110,000.
Walker learned of Taylor’s story one week prior to starting a fundraiser for him. It was very short notice because of Taylor’s impending surgery date. Walker and his 8 Midlands Marco’s stores pledged $10,000 plus they matched the customer donations given in a week’s time. With the total amount raised, $76,000, plus Taylor’s GoFundMe (http://www.gofundme.com/pbkgbo) and other generous donations, Taylor now has enough money to afford his surgery which has been scheduled for August 20 in North Carolina.