Cleveland native Emily Pomeranz, 50, received her dying wish last week when a friend arranged for her favorite restaurant to ship her favorite treat: a mocha milkshake, WTTG-TV reported.
Pomeranz, who had just been transferred to hospice care in Arlington, Virginia, with a terminal diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, was visited by friend Sam Klein, who also grew up in the Cleveland area, according to WTTG.
Klein posted her story on Facebook Monday, saying that Pomeranz's final request was just to have one last milkshake from a local restaurant near their old stomping grounds.
"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," Klein wrote. "And, she said with a smile, 'I wish I could have one more Tommy’s mocha milkshake.'"
Klein emailed Tommy's Restaurant, hoping they could help him figure out a way to get the milkshake the 375 miles to Pomeranz in Virginia. He said restaurant owner Tommy Fello personally called him a few days later.
"Yes. We will figure out a way to do this," Tommy told Klein.
It took several trips to the local UPS office and a good amount of research on supplies, but a few days later, Pomeranz received the sweet surprise, WTTG said.
"She was thrilled. She shared it with her family. She talked about it for days and days," Klein wrote. "It was something that made everyone smile. A woman’s request for one last milkshake from her favorite restaurant. Wish granted!"
Pomeranz passed away on Friday, and Klein asked his Cleveland friends to stop in at Tommy's Restaurant and order a milkshake in her honor:
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."