Piscataway man thanks QuickChek for allowing him to give back to community
A man with a rare muscular disease is giving back through the help of his employer.
Steven Evanowski is an assistant store leader at the QuickChek in Piscataway, and has helped lead the store to top the store chain's fundraising efforts for Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
Today, QuickChek presented a nearly $150,000 check to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
When he first came to work for the store, Evanowski was a teenager who stood behind the register like other cashiers, but he knew his disease would eventually take his strength away
"Eosinophilic myositis, which was a very rare muscular disease, where I'm kind of allergic to my muscles," says Evanowski. "How I would feel is, say you had the flu, that's how I feel on a normal basis."
In 2002, a co-worker accidentally bumped into his foot, causing it to break. As a result, QuickChek created a one-of-a-kind chair lift system in order for him to return to work. It cost more than $10,000 to make, and Evanowski says he was very grateful.
"These customers are awesome," says Evanowski. "That's why I come to work. Where else can you come to work and pick on customers but it feels like family every day. They come back for more."
Since then, Evanowski has actively helped the company raise millions of dollars for a variety of charities benefiting children, families and military veterans.
Over the past three years, the store has raised over $433,000 for the Check-out Hunger campaign.