In the last days of her battle with pancreatic cancer, Emily Pomeranz had one last wish; she wanted a milkshake from a restaurant in her home town reports Fox8. But there was one problem: Emily was living near Washington D.C., and the restaurant was in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
“As she was doing her ‘swan song’ as she liked to say, I said, ‘Hey, is there anything you're going to miss in terms of food?’” shares her longtime friend and fellow Ohioan, Sam Klein. “She said, ‘What I would do right now for a Tommy's mocha milkshake.’”
Klein reached out the restaurant, Tommy’s Restaurant, and asked if they could make a dying woman’s wish come true.
“It touched my heart, and I said, ‘boy, I'd love to be able to do something,” says the restaurant’s owner, Tommy Fello.
The restaurant has served thousands of milkshakes in the 47 years it’s been open, but this is the first time it’s been someone’s dying wish. None of those milkshakes have been as meaningful as this one.
“This was my first request like this,” adds Fello. “I wasn't even sure if we'd be able to do it.”
But Fello didn’t give up just because it was unchartered territory. He got dry ice from a local ice cream parlor and paid $123 to ship the milkshake to Emily’s hospice room in Arlington, Virginia. Emily sent him back a photo of her holding the milkshake with a huge smile on her face.
“Seeing her in that picture was just something else, I'll tell ya. What a reward,” shared Fello. “I was so happy it worked. I wasn't sure how it was going to work, and Sam called me and said it worked. We called it the ‘Milkshake Mission’ or something like that, ‘Mission Impossible.’”
Emily passed away last Friday, but the milkshake picture that her friend posted on Facebook is still making people smile. Since Klein posted it, it’s gotten hundreds of shares.
“She got a lot of momentum out of not only being able to enjoy something as special as a childhood nostalgic milkshake but the fact, so many people were smiling about her,” Klein said. “A lot of people have said 'this made me feel good' and I know Emily would love the fact that she's making people feel good even though she's not here with us anymore.”
Klein’s post also asked people in the Cleveland Heights area to visit Tommy’s Restaurant to order a milkshake for Emily as a way to thank Fello for going beyond the call of duty to put a smile on her friend’s face.
Fello added, “What they say is true, giving is more important than receiving…It's a better reward.”
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