PORTLAND, Ore. — This is a story about perseverance, determination and success, the proverbial triumph over tragedy for one young man.
That individual, Michael Vue, resumed work in general services at Sandy Blvd Point S in Portland less than three months after receiving a kidney transplant, a testament to Mr. Vue and the medical team that oversaw his recovery.
But this is as much a story about the culture at a tire and automotive service shop, its hiring practices and the support among fellow employees that can push a shop to loftier heights. And it's a journey that bears repeating.
The story begins in July 2019, when Mr. Vue applied for a job with Sandy Blvd Point S, one of four Point S shops operated by Mark Cushing in Oregon and Washington.
Mr. Vue came to the shop that day essentially with two goals in mind: One, land a job with the dealership; and two, be transparent about his ongoing fight with kidney failure.
And that wasn't necessarily the order of those goals.
Mr. Vue, 27, needed some flexibility in his schedule because of his worsening condition: He needed time to accommodate dialysis three days a week, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.