Chef Offers Free Meals to Cancer Patients, Survivors | Charity
A prominent local chef who survived a fight with cancer is offering free meals to people who share his experience.
The Southern Nevada office of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) has teamed up with Chef Marcus Scrizzi, owner of Chef Marc's Parma Pastavino & Deli, 7591 W. Washington Ave, to provide free holiday meals to cancer patients and survivors from now until Dec. 31.
“Chef Marc”, a survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma, decided to offer the meals to patients and recovering cancer survivors as a gift for the holiday season.
“The reason I want to do this is because it feels right and I want these people to know someone is thinking about them and wants to put a small check on the positive side of their negative situation,” Scrizzi said.
Nearly 60 people have made reservations through the LLS office for the dine-in option at the restaurant or have requested home deliveries. LLS staff and board members are making about a dozen dinner deliveries to patients who are home-bound.
The meals are available to any cancer survivor who is currently in treatment, finished treatment within the last three months or has a financial need.
“We are providing these free meals to any cancer patient, not just those who are living with a blood cancer,” said LLS Patient Service Manager Christina Goodman. “I have had referrals from Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, the VA and the American Cancer Society. Patients are very grateful and appreciative this service is being offered.”
Recipients of the free dinners pre-registered through LLS earlier this month.
The dinners include salad, pasta, a main course and dessert – about a $45 value – all covered by the restaurant.
“The cost is just not important,” Scrizzi said. “I just want to do this because of my own personal battle with cancer. I have a passion for food and compassion for people with cancer, so I said to my wife, let’s do this.”