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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

You'd never get her to admit it, but Nurse Nancy has done something big; something huge.

It started as a simple idea after two major national tragedies hit back to back, the Boston Marathon bombing and the explosion at a plant outside of Waco, Texas.  Nancy grabbed a few dollars from some co-workers at the intensive care unit (ICU) nurse at Carolinas Medical Center and sent a pizza lunch to ICU nurses at Mass General Hospital.

What happened from there can only be explained as "amazing."

Nurses in Boston bought lunch for their colleagues in Texas.  Trace Arnold, owner of 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House, in Texas, heard about the Boston nurses' gesture and flew out to Boston to serve a Texas-style BBQ dinner to the hospital.

But it wasn't until he got back home that he learned the full story and heard about Nurse Nancy. Her philosophy: Everyone should help if they can.

"I have this idea in my head that people should just be good people. We should be kind to each other. And that's really awesome that those people have, you know, that it's going in that direction," Nancy told WBTV back in April.

One month later, Nancy walked into a conference room at Carolinas Medical Center, expecting to meet a job applicant, but instead was surrounded by her co-workers, a stack of pizza and a tall man with a cowboy hat.

Clearly, this man 'ain't from around here.'

That's when Trace Arnold introduces himself to Nurse Nancy.  The "Rib Whisperer", as he's called, explained to Nancy that he saw our story about her and wanted to do something.

"I knew this was something that just needed to come back full circle," Arnold told WBTV.

He's part of the Cross-Country Cookout Tour, with the History Channel, which is making a stop this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, with the History 300 race on Saturday night.

As a "Thank You" for the good that she did, Arnold surprised Nancy with six clubhouse tickets to Saturday afternoon's race.

"So are you a race fan?" Arnold asked.

Nancy's reply, "Um.... yes?" 

She's never actually been to a NASCAR race, she later admitted, but it has always been something she's wanted to do.  And now, she can.

Nurse Nancy was supposed to work on Saturday, but that's all been taken care of as well - one of her co-workers will be covering her shift.

Arnold even invited Nancy to stop by the Cross-Country Cookout while she's out at the track to try some Texas BBQ. He'll be out on Saturday from 10:30 am-3:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am-6:00 pm.

And remember that stack of pizzas?

When the owners of the Charlotte-area Fuel Pizza restaurants heard Nancy's story, they immediately wanted to be part of her surprise and do something special for Nancy and her co-workers.

Fuel brought in a pizza lunch spread on Thursday to provide a meal for the ICU-staff, a fitting way to bring it back to Charlotte.

"Fuel Pizza heard about Nurse Nancy's story - and her chain of giving.  We were moved by her generosity," Sarah Hosseini from Fuel told WBTV. "So we knew, as a local restaurant, we had to bring it home! That's when we decided, Nurse Nancy and her team gets a FUEL Pizza lunch on us!"

Nancy doesn't like to be the center of attention, but shed a tear or two when she heard about all the good that came from her gesture.

And the whole thing just started as a way for nurses to help one another.

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