A Newtown Square couple received a gift they are truly thankful for.
Married 55 years, Elisa and Frank Costantini, who moved here from Italy, are enduring their biggest challenge yet. Frank, one day shy of his 76th birthday is battling stage-four gastric cancer.
Insurance limitations have made it difficult to get necessary procedures paid for. Last week, on the eve of Thanksgiving, Frank was even denied coverage for daily pain medication.
Pharmacist Kevin Leszega at the Broomall Rite Aid was forced to deliver the bad news to Costantini's wife.
"She was so upset and with very good reason. I felt absolutely horrible," Leszega said
"I said, 'You have to give me medication because my husband is in pain,'" Elisa said.
The two worked together to figure out how to pay out-of-pocket for enough pills to get Frank through the holiday.
Leszega also applied a discount card to the cost of the medication, but his efforts didn't stop there.
"I went to get money, and he got his own credit card, swiped and he paid for everything," Elisa said.
Yes, you heard correctly.
Leszega felt so bad for this elderly couple in dire need of medication that he attempted to foot the bill with a swipe of his credit card. The transaction was over, but then she found that equal amount of money in her purse and left it on the counter.
The kind-hearted gesture from the soul of stranger was enough to at least temporarily make Frank Costantini feel like a million bucks and help this family believe that "good" still exists
"When you're so down and you have something like that to bring you back up, just like that, it was just a beautiful thing he did," Elisa said.
"I figured that would cheer them up and give them something to talk about," Leszega said.