When a child is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it tends to have a ripple of effects: they miss a lot of school, medical expenses start racking up, and their parents might have to leave their careers to look after them. That’s exactly what happened to Andreas Graf and his son, Julius.
Graf’s son, Julius, was diagnosed with leukemia at just 3 years old.
For the first 9 weeks of his treatment, the boy was completely bedridden. Yet, to make matters worse, his mother died of heart disease right before he returned to his home in Hesse, Germany.
Without his spouse around, 36-year-old Graf would have to take a full year off of work to look after his son. Taking that much time off meant he would most likely be fired from his job as an assembly worker for a design company known as Seidel.
Yet, when Seidel’s HR manager, Pia Meier learned of Graf’s struggle, she decided to step in and help.
She sent an appeal out to all of Graf’s fellow employees requesting that they donate their overtime.
What happened next will shock you!
All 650 employees donated over 3,000 hours of overtime so Graf wouldn’t have to work!
Even the employees who had never personally met him before were willing to spend some extra time to ensure that Graf could look after his son without worrying about job security. Together they worked a grand total of 3,364.5 hours which Seidel let him take as paid leave.
“There isn’t a single person who hasn’t donated,” Meier said, according to LAD Bible.
“Without this tremendous help, I would’ve been out of a job by now,” Graf added.
Thanks to his coworkers, Graf took a year off to look after Julius, who is feeling much better.
The now 5-year-old is healthy enough to be taken home after chemotherapy. If all goes well, he should be attending nursery school again soon too.
Graf could have easily lost his job or have had to work when his son needed him most. Yet thanks to his fellow employees stepping in, including some who didn’t even know him, Graf is financially stable and Julius has been given the care he needed.
It goes to show that, sometimes, a work environment is more than what it seems: it’s a family.