Boss Steps In After Learning Young Employee Was Going Blind and Couldn’t Afford Surgery

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
February 17, 2019 Updated: February 18, 2019

Bobby & Steve’s Auto World—known to provide quality tires and auto repair in Eden Prairie, Minnesota—made the news for stepping up big time to save one employee’s eyesight.

The lucky employee who received the much-needed help was 19-year-old Amir Adan.

Gepostet von Bobby & Steve's Auto World am Freitag, 19. Oktober 2018

Adan has a progressive eye condition called keratoconus—a disorder marked by progressive thinning and steepening of the cornea, which bulges outward into a cone shape—a condition he’s had since high school.

According to the National Keratoconus Foundation, this condition affects nearly 1 in 2,000 people.

As time went by, his condition got worse.

Adan can only see with his right eye by wearing a special contact lens. His right eye is inoperable, and he’ll need a corneal transplant for this eye in a couple of years.

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Gepostet von Amir Adan am Donnerstag, 23. Februar 2017

And if Adan didn’t get a newly approved surgery called corneal crosslinking to stop the progression on his left eye soon, he could be blind.

“If I didn’t get this I’d be blind,” Adan told KMSP.

He added, “I wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the things I like doing.”

However, the cost for the operation was way too pricey, and his insurance company couldn’t cover it.

“The longer I was waiting, the worse it was getting,” Adan told Eden Praire News.

Gepostet von Amir Adan am Montag, 18. Mai 2015

Fortunately, Adan has a boss who is full of kindness.

Adan revealed his dire situation to a co-worker, and later that evening, he received a call from his company, asking him to return to the shop.

Once at the shop, he went to the office, where he was greeted by Bobby Williams, co-founder of Bobby and Steve’s.

Adan was speechless when Williams told him, “We gotta get you this help.”

Gepostet von Bobby Williams am Montag, 8. August 2016

The following day after Adan broke the news, the company’s youth foundation presented him with a $3,500 check so that he could pay for the surgery.

“I was stunned. I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t know what to do,” Adan said.

Adan was doing fine after undergoing the successful surgery on Oct. 24. He was beyond thankful to his company for saving his sight.

“It’s changed my life,” Adan said.

“If this wouldn’t have gotten done, I wouldn’t know what I would have done, to be totally honest. It would have made my life harder. I wouldn’t have been able to follow my passions or stuff that I enjoy in life.”


Gepostet von Amir Adan am Dienstag, 4. Juli 2017

Adan has worked at Bobby and Steve’s for the past two years.

“I like the environment. My co-workers are the reason I’ve stayed,” said Adan.

Bobby and Steve’s has always felt like family for Adan. Having received the priceless gift of sight, he certainly felt even more so.

For Adan, this deed has changed his life, and he couldn’t be more excited.

“I’ve had a fair amount of jobs, all of them say you’re like a family here,” he said. “For the first time in my life. I feel like these guys really mean it.”

Gepostet von Bobby & Steve's Auto World am Montag, 27. Oktober 2014

Speaking of his company’s generous gesture, Williams said: “We are a family. We are a community. Anytime we can do the right thing and help others, that’s what it’s about.”

Jane DeRusha, operation leader at Bobby & Steve’s in Eden Prairie, said: “Bobby is kind of that kind of guy [sic]. If he hears somebody needs something, he wants to help everybody out. If you work for him, you’re kind of like family. Amir’s like family.”

Gepostet von Amir Adan am Dienstag, 23. Oktober 2018

Thanks to Bobby and Steve’s Auto World, now, Adan is able to pursue what he loves doing—being a comedy writer, and playing music.

Hopefully, more companies will follow Bobby and Steve’s example.

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