DURHAM, N.C. -- Chris Rosati is both in the prime of his life and at the end of it. About a year ago, this 42-year-old marketing vice president and father of two was diagnosed with ALS -- Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
obviously heartbreaking, but it’s hardly the focus around here. In fact, after
Chris found out, he did something few people with a terminal illness ever
choose to do: he applied online for a job as a donut delivery man -- seriously.
When they arrested him?
“Then the next step is to try to steal a truck,” he says.
That’s right, he said steal a truck. It was all part of this fantasy Chris dreamed up: to stake out the Krispy Kreme donut factory near where he lives in Durham, N.C., follow one of the drivers on a route and take his truck when the guy’s not looking.
“And then just go around and give away the donuts,” he explains.
Kind of like a Robin Hood thing -- stealing cholesterol from the rich and giving it to the poor.
going to go to the nearest school,” Chris says.
“Yeah, now that you say that, it probably wouldn’t work,” Chris laughs.
Not to mention the legal ramifications.
“One of the blessings of ALS is -- what are they going to do?” Chris says.
In case you haven’t figured out, Chris has a remarkable sense of humor about this. Which is partly why, when Krispy Kreme heard about his plotting through a Facebook post, they didn’t threaten prosecution. Instead, they offered transportation. Specifically, a bus -- a bus stocked with donuts.
And so, for an entire day, Chris, his family and friends went on this rolling sugar high, joyfully delivering to city parks, cancer wards and children’s hospitals.
to make some people smile,” he says.
Which leads us to what this was really all about. Chris says if dying has taught him anything, it’s about how to live. He says you have to do what you can to make people smile while you still have the chance. He really wants kids, especially, to know that.
“Because if I can’t impact people, this whole thing is a waste,” he says.