'My brand new face': Surgeries save life, give hope

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  • Pavalova Surfers Paradise, AU
    March 20, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    Absolutely heart warming and a true message as to the value of work perserverance. If Maurice can work under some very difficult circumstances, I think my life is a piece of cake at this point. Thank you Maurice, Arby's and others for sharing this with us.

  • BleedCougarBlue Enid, OK
    Oct. 21, 2010 8:41 p.m.

    Know what would REALLY be cool?

    To have nothing but kind, positive and supportive comments on this message board for Maurice to perhaps read himself.

    That would be AWESOME!

    19 and counting...keep up the nice words, everyone!

    As for you, Maurice, thank you very much for your strength and courage.

  • Dan Maloy Enid, OK
    Oct. 21, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    Brave, BRAVE man!

    Keep going, Maurice! If everything were easy it wouldn't be worth it, right? Don't ever let anyone determine how you feel about yourself.

    God bless!

  • Gracious George West Jordan, Utah
    Oct. 21, 2010 3:17 p.m.

    Awesome story--this man is an inspiration to everyone and reflects what Utah and the USA are all about!

    I hope all of us can have that kind of influence in people's lives.

  • LuVePacifica WestValley, Utah
    Oct. 21, 2010 11:57 a.m.

    Maurice your in good care,GodBless you!

  • nottyou Riverton, UT
    Oct. 21, 2010 11:51 a.m.

    Awesome story and example, Maurice! Keep up the great work and good luck in life. You have a marvelous family.

  • luv2organize Gainesville, VA
    Oct. 21, 2010 11:22 a.m.

    Neurofibromatosis effects every single person differently. What a blessing that Maurice is capable of providing for his family and having a wonderful attitude! My son has NF and I would have liked the article to go into a little more detail on what NF is without taking the lime light from Maurice's personal story. Thanks to the donor and the amazing doctors!

  • Big Ben 2.0 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2010 11:07 a.m.

    My wife and I have eaten at the Arby's where Maurice works. When he had the surgery, their marquee said "Good luck Maurice!" Maurice is always joking with his coworkers and you can tell that he goes out of his way to make his employees feel good and have fun.

  • Sarah B Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 21, 2010 10:06 a.m.

    His wife deserves accolades for seeing beyond his appearance and giving him a chance for her to get to know the real man. Sadly, many of us would be kind, but stop at allowing a romantic relationship to happen. Both his current and former wife are very special women and role models for today's youth.

  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2010 10:01 a.m.

    I remember I was about 13 years old (I'm now 20), and he delivered a pizza to me and my family at our family business. I remember feeling such sadness for him. Knowing how he probably has been treated his whole life. I could feel his vibes, and they were nothing but positive and strong. This article made me very very happy to see. Congrats on your accomplishments, may your life be successful and happy!

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2010 9:04 a.m.

    Good Job Maurice! We admire your courage. Don't let anyone bring you down. We are all in this world together and we all have our own issues.
    Appearance is a shallow thing. It is only one little piece of who you are.
    You are doing great!!!

  • cwpayne Roy, UT
    Oct. 21, 2010 8:50 a.m.

    This is a great story, and Maurice is a great and courageous person. There is more to Nerofibromitosis or NF it is NF2. These tumors grow inside the body. They attach to audio nerves and other nerves, such as vision, balance nerves, even his brain stem. My son had this, and lost his hearing, had more than 15 tumors removed and delivered pizzas for Pizza Hut in Roy, until he physically couldn't do it anymore. He lost his life to this, but unfortunately he passed it to his two teenage daughters, who both have had surgeries. One has lost her hearing in one ear. So there is more to this disease that could and should be studied.

  • cla Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2010 8:36 a.m.

    I sure wish the media brought us more stories like this. I feel better starting my day having read this profile of an amazing man. You go Maurice. Next time I'm in Bountiful I'll make sure I have lunch at Arby's...hats off to the company and the franchisee who judged Maurice by the content of his character. Wish we would all start doing more of that!

  • jdub Ephraim, UT
    Oct. 21, 2010 8:32 a.m.

    This is why I like the DesNews. Good stories, with positive comments.

  • TheOfficalCall Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 21, 2010 8:31 a.m.

    I am sad to say that I at times shy away from a person who looks like Maurice, one of these days I am going to get over it and become a guy like Maurice.

    I applaud the franchise owner of the Arby's in seeing Maurice's abilities and not his physical persona. He is obviously a very happy, capable and effective manager. I am going to Arby's next time I am heading north, sorry Kaysville Arby's, just hope the Bountiful Arby's is close to the freeway, but I will make the effort regarless

    From Pizza delivery to life, simply by asking if he could help, the benefactor, Thanks... You act of caring has affected hundreds of lives not just one.

  • photographermom South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 21, 2010 8:17 a.m.

    Wow, what an amazing inspiration! Thanks for such an awesome story!

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2010 7:37 a.m.

    Anybody see anything wrong with these pictures?.. I sure don't.

  • Mayfair Claremore, OK
    Oct. 21, 2010 5:42 a.m.

    What an awesome man!

    And kudos for Arbys to have the vision to have him be one of their managers.

    He is like we all are in some area of our lives--his is just more visible.

    Best wishes to you Maurice. Hope the TLC experience is great.

  • Granny Barton Woods Cross, Utah
    Oct. 21, 2010 5:16 a.m.

    I've seen him working at Arbys and was impressed by how efficient and positive he is. He and his co workers seemed to get along well, joking and laughing together. We all have our challenges, but he is an example of accepting himself and doing the best he can with a good attitude.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    Oct. 21, 2010 3:52 a.m.

    Thanks for this story. What a courageous and positive person! And God bless his donor as well.

    This story made my day and helped me appreciate my blessings!

  • ER in EUR Belgrade, Serbia
    Oct. 21, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    I am overcome with admiration for a man who could have easily quit and said "I can't". Instead Maurice said "I will!" and does. Good luck with everything you do and God bless!

  • Kyle loves BYU/Jazz Provo, UT
    Oct. 20, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    Great story. Maurice sounds like a hard working man and I'm grateful that someone out there wanted to help him. God bless that anonymous donor.

    I can only imagine how tough it is to live with a disorder like that and Maurice seems to have the right attitude. Live your life and love yourself for who you are. Some things can't be changed.