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After donut heist, Durham ALS patient wants BIGG ideas

Posted February 3, 2014
Updated February 4, 2014

— Long before Chris Rosati became a hero for handing out donuts at schools, childrens hospitals and cancer wards, the 42-year-old Durham man had an idea.

He dreamed of hijacking a Krispy Kreme truck after being diagnosed with ALS, known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

He originally shared the idea with students during a speech at Durham Academy.

The message of his talk was love, live, try.

“Here I was telling them about the Krispy Kreme idea and I wasn’t trying to make it happen,” he said.

It took two e-mails from students who heard his speech to inspire Rosati to execute his idea.

“Thank you for teaching me some of the most valuable life lessons I’ve ever heard,” one e-mail read.

Now Rosati wants others to feel the way he did when he gave away 1,000 donuts in Durham a few months ago. He has since started a non-profit – Inspire Media Network – and created the BIGG (Big Ideas for the Greater Good) challenge.

Rosati is reaching out to Triangle schools for grand ideas to benefit the greater good. His non-profit will pick the 10 best and help make them a reality.

“Part of this is selfish, I like to feel good and I don’t have anymore Krispy Kreme ideas,” he said. “I want bold, creative, wow!”

Rosati couldn’t think of a better way to spend his final days. He has about a year or two left to live.

“What could I possibly be doing that would be a better way to live,” he said.


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  • 68_dodge_polara Feb 4, 2014

    "I'm sorry, but this man stole a truck and distributed its unhealthy contents to children. Disease or no disease, I fail to see why we should be celebrating or encouraging this type of behavior." -Super Hans

    Either you didn't read the article or your an awful person.

  • MindBomb Feb 4, 2014

    Super Hans, do you know anything about ALS? Do you realize this man has 1-2 years to live, a good portion spent not being able to speak, move any part of your body or even smile? He will need to have someone do everything he was once able to do himself, even the most personal tasks. No loss of dignity there, right? In the grand scheme of things, handing out an evil donut seems trivial, considering he will have to say goodbye to his family etc, let him have the happiness and good times while he can. Oh, and educate yourself about ALS.....www.alsa.org

  • GladUGot2CMe Feb 4, 2014

    I think it is wonderful to bring smiles to so many people. I appreciate Krispy Kreme for assisting and helping Chris with his dream. It is also a wonderful idea to encourage others to find creative ways to share happiness with others. What a great projects....to come up with ideas to spread joy and happiness.

    I would encourage Super Hans and any other who have a negative outlook to think of ways to spread the positive in things instead of negative. The world would be a better place.

  • davido Feb 4, 2014

    Well played Mr. Rosati.

    One interesting thing that happened to me was when I did voter registration work, often going house to house. It felt good to be part of something useful to others.

  • xylem01 Feb 4, 2014

    Hey Super Hans, bitter much?

  • kikinc Feb 4, 2014

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    He didn't steal the truck, Krispy Kreme provided it to him. He visited Duke's cancer treatment center, the bone marrow clinic, and the clinic where he's treated for his ALS and passed out donuts to put a smile on the faces of those that were sick. Then he passed out a donut to 400 students at Durham Academy and asked the students one thing: in return, he wanted them to take a box and hand donuts out to people in the community in order to make everyone smile. He was promoting random acts of kindness. One donut won't kill anyone. It's a treat that put a smile on many faces that day.

    I feel sorry for anyone who can find fault with that.

  • Super Hans Feb 4, 2014

    I'm sorry, but this man stole a truck and distributed its unhealthy contents to children. Disease or no disease, I fail to see why we should be celebrating or encouraging this type of behavior.

  • MindBomb Feb 3, 2014

    I would love WRAL etc. to do a story about ALS; what it is etc. and how it affects local families. ALS is quite rare, affecting less than 1% of the population. We talk about cancer and other diseases, but very little about ALS, most likely due to how rare it is. My father passed away from ALS, and the affect that it had on our family was profound and heartbreaking. My experience with ALS does not have the happiness that I see Chris having. I will admit that I thought he was crazy and not facing reality, but I realize now that he is choosing to spend the rest of his life doing something that makes him happy, before he is unable to. I only wish my father had been able to do the same thing. I am happy that I was able to spend the last 8 months of my fathers life caring for him, and being able to say goodbye to him. I hope people will take the time to find out about this all consuming disease with no known cause, cure or treatment. I wish you and your family the best, Chris :)