January 2019 To our guests, friends and supporters,
At The Refectory, we are a family. We are sad to share the challenges currently facing one of our well known family members, Ali Menasria, former general manager at Alex’s Bistro and long-time part of The Refectory.
Ali is an avid wine enthusiast, a gentleman, and one of the warmest and most gracious people with whom we have had the privilege of working. After twenty three years with Alex’s Bistro and now at The Refectory. Ali is well known among the guests who dine out regularly in Northwest Columbus.
In April of 2017, Ali was diagnosed with leukemia and soon after began a long series of treatments. During this time, the treatments have been relatively positive after some initial setbacks and adverse reactions. Ali was able to come back to work part-time, monitoring his progress as he continued intermittent treatments.
In September of 2018, the initial leukemia developed into Richter’s syndrome. Ali is now battling a more aggressive form of lymphoma. Since then, he has been in the James Cancer Hospital for short and sometimes more extended stays and treatments.
Ali is currently undergoing a treatment of six sessions of chemo, which will end on January 31st, 2019. The outlook for this is positive. The Doctors are optimistic that Ali will hopefully be in remission by the end of this course of treatment. When in remission, the next step would be a bone marrow transplant. The matching donor is Ali’s brother Zinedine, who lives in his native city of Algiers, Algeria and will be traveling here in March of 2019, for the bone marrow transplant surgery.
Ali is fighting hard though this process and as always his spirit is very positive. We are so blessed to know Ali and we stand with him in this battle for physical health and look forward to his return to The Refectory at whatever time he is ready. In our continual efforts to assist Ali and his family during this difficult time we have created a GoFundMe Campaign.
We greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers for Ali and his family, as well as any assistance you might be able to offer. Please don’t hesitate to send him notes of encouragement
Ali Menasria 4406 Kenny Rd Columbus OH 43220-4076
I can’t begin to thank you enough for your kindness, generosity and support.
With my deepest gratitude, Kamal Boulos Owner The Refectory