An amazing woman

mandi

Mandi Gardner was a waitress at the Waffle House
in Concord, North Carolina for 11 years and one of
her regulars was a man named Mike Paradalis,
a veteran who served in the Air Force.

The last time she saw him she locked her keys in her
car and he helped her unlock the car. On April 10 he
had a heart attack and died alone in his van.

For around 14 days nobody claimed his body at the
NorthEast Medical Center and it appeared nobody
wanted to claim the body, except for Mandi.

She told the local news “there’s no memorial, no
headstone, no goodbye, nothing for someone to track
down and find”. So she started a fundraiser to raise
the money needed to claim his body and give him a
decent burial.

People came forward with money and the information
that his funeral might be provided for free since he
is an honorably discharged veteran. After checking
Mandi received word he is eligible to buried in the
VA National Cemetery in Salisbury.

She has raised over $2,000 and since the funeral
costs are covered will donate the money to military
organizations. Mike Pardalis will be buried with full
military honors Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 11 am in
the VA National Cemetery.

Mandi later stated “Instead of being discarded, he’s
getting a Veteran’s funeral”. And that is but one
reason why we feel she is an amazing woman.
Comments are always welcome.

5 Responses to An amazing woman

  1. Reblogged this on Tammy Hopkinson MBA and commented:
    How awesome is this!!!!! You go Mandi our customer’s deserve more server’s like you…. You are doing a fine job and this is awesome what you have done for Mike Paradalis….I commend you for your efforts into having a decent burial for him….

  2. Awesome! That is all I can say just totally awesome what she did for Mike!

  3. cruisin2 says:

    Tammy Hopkinson, MBA,
    thanks for the reblog and the kind words for Mandi.

    Brittius,
    thanks for helping to spread the word.

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