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Restaurant ships milkshake nearly 400 miles to fulfil one little wish

September 21, 2017

Emily Pomeranz, 50, was in hospice in Virginia with pancreatic cancer when her high school friend Sam Klein visited her. Among other things, he asked if she needed anything.


“I wish I could have one more Tommy’s mocha milkshake,” Emily told Sam, referring to an iconic restaurant on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights.


In a social media post now shared by hundreds of people, Sam shares the milkshake story.


Sam contacted Tommy’s Restaurant and requested the 47-year-old restaurant’s owner, named Tommy Fello, in an effort to grant Emily what would be one of her last wishes.


“Knowing that she couldn’t travel to Cleveland, I emailed… 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. A few days later I got a call from Tommy. “Yes. We will figure out a way to do this,” said Sam.


Tommy shipped a carefully packed mocha shake to Emily. Lots of dry ice, a frozen mocha milkshake, a $123 UPS overnight bill, Emily had her milkshake. It was a huge surprise. A thrilled Emily talked about it forever.


“Seeing her in that picture was something else. What a reward,” Tommy said later. “I was so happy it worked. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work.”


Emily had also asked for a Cleveland Indians hat, which Sam also gave her.


Sadly, Emily passed away a few days later.

Photo Caption: Emily enjoying her moment of joy (photo credit: Facebook)




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