Cancer patient wins a year of free pizza, gives it to food bank

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. (CNN) — Josh Katrick had just walked out of his eighth round of chemotherapy, when good fortune struck.He had just won a competition: free pizza for a year from a neighborhood restaurant in Pennsylvania.But instead of seizing the opportunity to spend the better part of 2017 gorging on the well-deserved melted mozzarella wellspring, Katrick, who has colon cancer, decided other people needed it more.So he gave every slice away.The local Northampton food bank is the recipient of his generosity.“You know the saying, ‘When life gives you lemons make lemonade,’ well, when life gives you pizza, give away a slice,” the 36-year-old told CNN Sunday.Katrick has been feasting on Mario’s Pizza in Northampton since he was a child, and was one of 1,200 people to enter the competition.The winner would walk away with 2 large (and they mean large) pizzas and soda, every month for the next year.But after Katrick’s act of holiday kindness, the pizza restaurant about 65 miles north of Philadelphia decided to extend its own.The restaurant is doubling the prize to make sure Katrick gets his share of pizza, along with the food bank.“I thought someone would win, they’d be excited, come in and get their pizzas, but a story like this to come out of a contest like that…” Giuseppe Aiello, the son of the family-run pizzeria’s co-owner, told CNN affiliate WFMZ.“It’s better to give than receive, and especially during this time of year — Christmas,” Aiello said.Katrick said he was inspired to pay it forward because of the generosity he had received from others during his cancer treatment.“After everything I went through these last few months — I met so many people and have been receiving so much — I felt I wanted to give back.” Katrick said. “The food bank are very thankful. They’re amazed by it. They will put it to good use”Katrick said he had surgery for stage 2 colon cancer in August and has been receiving chemotherapy since September.“My family and friends are amazed — so many positive reactions. Around Christmas it really brought everybody’s spirits up and made people know there are good people in the world fighting the good fight.”Josh’s father, Ron Katrick, told CNN he is “very proud” of his son.And his generosity doesn’t end there.Josh, still reluctant to indulge in all the pizza coming his way, told CNN, “Maybe I’ll share with my friends on Facebook [and] make a contest of my own to see if anyone would like some pizza.” Cancer patient wins a year of free pizza, gives it to food bank Published: December 25, 2016 9:38 PM EST SHARElast_img read more

Tap Water in Scotland at its Highest Ever Quality

first_imgOn average a test was carried out at a customer tap every 3.5 minutes, meaning nearly 150,000 were completed in 2015. “We continue to work with the Drinking Water Quality Regulator to help us focus on the areas we need to address and improve on, ensuring that performance continues to improve and we deliver the service our customers expect.” Douglas Millican, chief executive of Scottish Water said: “Scottish Water is investing £340 million in this regulatory period 2015-21 to improve drinking water quality. “We also want to build resilience and better reliability into our service. We welcome a significant reduction in customer contacts about discoloured water – down around (33%) compared to 2014 and the lowest level in the last four years.“However, we are determined to continue to invest to ensure that all our customers enjoy the look and taste of their drinking water. “We want to ensure that all our customers enjoy the look and taste of their tap water. It is good news that water quality is at its highest level but we will continue to look at how we can improve our service even further and ensure every one of our customers enjoys the highest quality drinking water available in Scotland.center_img Samples of the water supply taken at customers’ taps achieved 99.92% compliance with strict quality standards  at customers’ taps –  our best ever performance. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIn Scottish Water have welcomed the 2015 report by the independent Drinking Water Quality Regulator (DWQR) which confirms the highest ever quality of Scotland’s tap water. In total, more than 300,000 tests were undertaken, including samples taken at water treatment works and service reservoirs across Scotland.last_img read more