We all have our favorite go-to treat when we’re feeling down. Maybe you’re a sucker for an ice cream sundae, or perhaps you’re one of those people who can’t resist some sour candy. Whether it’s a big plate of fries or a chocolatey treat, everyone has that one food item that instantly makes them feel better.
For 50 year old Emily Pomeranz, her favorite treat was a mocha milkshake from Tommy's Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Unfortunately, Emily was diagnosed pancreatic cancer, and she was in hospice care. This was the 3rd time the woman had been hit with cancer, and it didn’t look like she was going to make it this time. Because of her condition, Emily was unable to travel, so her friend Sam Klein decided to pay her a visit.
“I went to visit her in hospice a few weeks ago and asked her if she needed anything. “A Cleveland Indians hat,” was her first response. So, I brought her one the next day.” Sam recalled. “And, she said with a smile, I wish I could have one more Tommy’s mocha milkshake.”
Sam knew he had to make his friend’s dying wish come true, so he got to work. “I emailed the general information email address on Tommy’s website, asking if there was a way to get a milkshake the 375 miles from Coventry Road to Arlington, Virginia where she was in hospice.” he recalled. “A few days later I got a call from Tommy Fello, the owner of Tommy’s. “Yes. We will figure out a way to do this,” is what he said.”
With some help from his local UPS, Tommy Fello was able to get the milkshake to Emily. The kindhearted restaurant owner put her favorite shake on dry ice and paid $123 for overnight shipping. Emily had her milkshake the next day, and it tasted like it had just been made!
“Sure enough, after a little research on shipping and two trips to the UPS office, he shipped a carefully packed Tommy’s mocha shake to Emily. This was a huge surprise. She was thrilled. She shared it with her family. She talked about it for days and days. She shared the story with her friends back in Cleveland and here in the D.C. area. It was something that made everyone smile. A woman’s request for one last milkshake from her favorite restaurant.” Sam wrote, remembering the amazing occasion.
Unfortunately, Emily lost her battle with cancer about two weeks ago. “She leaves behind a treasure trove of memories; a legacy of laughter, joy and caring; grieving family and friends.” Sam wrote in her memory.
“So, my friends, if you are in Cleveland Heights, or anywhere near there, please stop in at Coventry, order one of those incredible milkshakes and ask for Tommy (he is the one cooking in the middle of the restaurant) and say, “This one is for Emily. Thank you for sending one to her.””
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