Local community raises funds for Lou’s waitress after cancer diagnosis

Pamela G. Knowles

by Kristin Chapman
| 12/5/20 3:00pm

Becky Schneider, who has labored at Lou’s considering that 1978, was not too long ago identified with cancer.

Resource: Courtesy of Valerie Angwin

When longtime Lou’s Restaurant and Bakery waitress Becky Schneider was diagnosed with stage 3B lung most cancers that experienced unfold to her lymph nodes past month, the Dartmouth, Hanover and broader Upper Valley local community speedily sprang to motion. An on-line fundraiser started off on Schneider’s behalf has lifted over $50,000 for her residing expenditures as of Saturday.

Sarah Schneider, Becky Schneider’s daughter, arranged the GoFundMe site on Nov. 17 to aid her mother whilst she remains out of perform from Lou’s. Becky Schneider, who is 59, has labored at the popular diner for more than 40 years.

Soon just after the GoFundMe started circulating on the internet, guidance and donations for Schneider started to pour in. Considering that the generation of the GoFundMe, pretty much 900 donors have collectively donated a lot more than 5 occasions the original goal of $10,000.

“I was shocked. I was expecting to get donations and all the things, but I was not expecting it to consider off the way that it did at all,” Sarah Schneider mentioned. “… When the initial evening it attained $10,000, I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ And then the following working day I woke up and it was $20,000, and then the up coming day it was $30,000, and ahead of I knew it, it was like $50,000.”

Becky Schneider said the dollars would go toward dwelling expenditures like university outfits for her grandchildren, hire, utilities, food stuff and other necessities. She included that she has been out of operate considering that Oct. 8.

In accordance to Sarah Schneider, her mother experienced already been having difficulties with a respiratory condition due to the fact March, causing her to work decreased hours and get some time off prior to beginning cancer remedy in late November. She hopes to ultimately return to Lou’s complete time.

Courtesy of Sarah Schneider

Becky Schneider elevated her two daughters, Sarah and Nicole, as a solitary mom.

On the GoFundMe website page, Sarah Schneider wrote that her mother is “the glue” of their loved ones. She added in an job interview that as a one mother, Becky Schneider lifted her and her sister, and she is now boosting two grandchildren.

For the earlier 17 several years, Sarah Schneider has worked as a waitress at Lou’s alongside her mom, beginning when she was a teenager. She recalled sensation marginally “jealous” of the marriage concerning her mother and her customers when she was more youthful, but as she grew more mature, she recognized how a lot she appreciates operating with her mom.

“I’ve been observing her with her consumers and the way that they adore her,” Sarah Schneider explained. “… I’ll look at her and she’s at a table, and just about every solitary individual is just hunting up at her, smiling, totally into what she’s saying.”

Becky Schneider mentioned her lengthy-standing connection with the Dartmouth group, recalling recollections of attending Dartmouth fraternity functions as a younger grownup, as very well as making the most of unique gatherings these types of as the yearly Homecoming celebration.

Schneider mentioned that as she acquired older, selected Dartmouth students who frequented the cafe commenced to routinely ask her for suggestions, and some alumni even started to halt in to say hi there just after they graduated, even if they were not sitting down for a food.

“I’ve waited on generations of Dartmouth students. I waited on youngsters in the ’70s and ’80s, and now I’m waiting around on their youngsters, and they arrive back again, and it just feels like relatives,” Schneider mentioned. 

She additional that she normally retained a “cheat sheet” hanging in a corner of the cafe to help herself retain monitor of her beloved prospects.

Lou’s operator and CEO Jarett Berke Tu’17 described Schneider as “caring” and “just a great person.” He extra that she is a “peacekeeper” about her coworkers and is close friends with all people.

“She provides out the most effective in other people today,” he claimed.

Al Johnson ’15, who got engaged to her fiance Noah Reichblum ’15 at Lou’s in Oct 2019, recalled Schneider’s great memory. When Johnson walked into the cafe the working day of the engagement, she mentioned that Schneider regarded her as the woman that usually requested a Diet program Coke with breakfast. 

“I so distinctly bear in mind that [Schneider] in unique — who is in some of our engagement pictures — was just so genuinely overjoyed for us, and so thrilled that Lou’s was a significant location for us,” she stated. “… I was just so touched by her enthusiasm for us.”

Courtesy of Al Johnson ’15

Al Johnson ’15 and Noah Reichblum ’15 received engaged at Lou’s very last 12 months, with Schneider there to rejoice.

Johnson stated that she has been touched to see how men and women have arrive alongside one another to aid Schneider.

“To see this particular person who, in a smaller way, performed these kinds of a major role in a lot of people’s life and was these kinds of a principal determine in the Dartmouth neighborhood, and how the entire neighborhood just rallied guiding her –– I thought it was so specific and these a testomony to why Dartmouth is these types of a fantastic place,” she claimed.

Schneider expressed gratitude to everyone who has donated or shared phrases of encouragement.

“I could have experienced distinctive job selections, and I felt for so numerous yrs like I was executing erroneous by waitressing, but I could not cease,” Schneider mentioned. “I like my position. I remaining a couple periods … and I just missed it so desperately.”

She stated that the outpouring of help has affirmed that she has finished “the proper thing” with her daily life and that her selections “did have an influence.”

“I experience so blessed and grateful and beloved, and what else can an individual assume from a career option?” Schneider claimed.

Correction appended (Dec. 7, 2020): A preceding edition of this write-up said that the revenue raised by the GoFundMe fundraiser will be expended on clinical bills in addition to dwelling bills. According to Becky Schneider, the money will be spent on outfits for her grandchildren, rent, utilities and foodstuff, as well as the occasional health care copay really should the want occur. The posting and headline have been up-to-date to mirror this clarification.

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