Customers give beloved Costco worker with terminal cancer surprise of a lifetime

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DANVILLE, Ca. -- A California Costco employee is battling a terminal illness, but that hasn't stopped him from living life to the fullest.

And people have taken notice. Now, he's being rewarded for just being himself.

KTVU reports that Arlie Smith, 45, has worked at his Costco for 21 years. During that time, he was diagnosed with primary progressive MS.

Last September, his body threw him an even bigger curve ball: he now has terminal cancer, and maybe two years to live.

Customers and co-workers at Arlie's Costco love him so much they decided to do something nice for him in light of the news.

At 1 p.m. on a recent workday, they invaded his store. They'd raised $2,500 to send he and his wife on vacation.

Arlie was overwhelmed.

"Everything that's done for me, and the love that's shown for me, every day, it's astounding," he told KTVU. "I mean, people don't have this great of a life, really."

Arlie said his purpose now is to raise as much money as possible during a store-wide fundraiser in May. He'll donate it to a children's hospital.

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