After their coworker was killed in a car accident, nurses at the Shenandoah Oncology Cancer Treatment Center in Winchester, Virginia started a food truck festival in honor of their friend, Paul Grammo.
The Paul’s Pals brought food truck vendors from around the area to serve breakfast and lunch on the Winchester Medical Campus Friday, to benefit the Angel Trust, a non-profit that helps those battling cancer pay for non-medical expenses, such as utilities and groceries.
Nurses say they were inspired by the death of their friend and co-worker Paul Grammo in February 2018, and chose to combine Grammo’s passions of food and giving to create the event.
“Raising money for the Angel Fund was something he was very passionate about,” said Tiffany Hovermale, the Nurse Manager at Shenandoah Oncology. “So we put it together last year, we had the food trucks come out, and the food trucks actually donate a portion of their proceeds that they raise today to the Angel Fund.”
Last year, the Paul’s Pals food truck event raised over $2,000 serving just lunch. This year, vendors served both breakfast and lunch, and organizers are already planning to expand the event next year.