Customers raise thousands of dollars for Waffle House employees fighting cancer

ATLANTA, Georgia (CBS46) – Waffle House customers are raising money for a beloved employee who hides her personal struggle with a smile.

Cynthia Morrison worked at the Waffle House on Cedarcrest Road and Highway 92 for 37 years. She will not only ask for your breakfast order, but also for your life story.

“Most of the time I know their order, their drink, their name,” Morrison said. “If you know their name, it makes them feel special.”

Morrison’s genuine interest in every customer who walks in is part of the reason a repeat customer noticed his absence one morning.

Joey Godfrey and his family have dined with Morrison hundreds of times over the past five or six years.

“There’s always every Saturday,” Godfrey said. “She always smiles, she always asks me how I am, how are my children – it’s never about her.”

When their paths crossed days later, Godfrey asked Morrison where she had been. He was shocked to learn why he called.

“She walked over and said ‘I have cancer. Bone cancer, ‘”Godfrey said.

Morrison says she was diagnosed with stage one multiple myeloma in March. She had just started taking chemotherapy pills at home and had a bad reaction, but she never planned to share her diagnosis with clients.

“I didn’t want it to come out,” he explained.

Her health fear comes months after losing her brother to cancer and her mother to Covid-19. But the dozens of people he greets every day would never have known about his struggle.

The news hit Godfrey hard. He lost his stepfather to cancer last year and has a close friend who is currently battling the disease.

He left a $ 120 tip for Morrison that day, but his generosity didn’t stop there. In less than a week, he created a GoFundMe for Cinzia. In just a few days, more than $ 5,000 was donated.

Cynthia has to go through eight more rounds of chemotherapy, procedures, and weeks in which she won’t be able to work. She said she appreciates money, but nothing beats the kindness of her coming towards her.

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