Cancer frankly sucks. They nailed that slogan right on the head. It's hard to find someone who hasn't been touched by it in some way. At times, it almost feels like everyone will get it. There's no way to avoid the negative air around cancer, but every once in a while there's a glimmer of light amidst the darkness. In a recent, touching tale, a hometown diner shipped one of its milkshakes across the country to a dying cancer patient.
This story starts in Cleveland Heights, Ohio at a restaurant known as Tommy's and a woman named Emily.
I want to share a great story with you about a place we all know and love: Tommy’s Restaurant on Coventry (in Cleveland...
Tommy's Restaurant has an extensive menu. There are over 10 falafel options. Spinach pies, escarole potato pies, tempeh, and veggie burgers all make an appearance in multiple varieties.
Past their main fare, they offer a great variety of desserts. One such dessert, Tommy's mocha milkshake, has recently made national headlines.
Emily Pomeranz was a 50-year-old woman from Cleveland Heights. She lived in the greater Washington D.C. area, and she didn't have the easiest go of it health-wise. This year, she was placed in hospice after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
This was Pomeranz's third round with cancer. Another D.C. transplant from Cleveland Heights, Sam Klein, went to visit his dear friend in hospice in Arlington, Virginia.
He asked her if she needed anything. She asked for a Cleveland Indians hat, which Klein gladly got for her. When he delivered the hat to Pomeranz, she mentioned wanting one more Tommy's mocha milkshake.
Klein acted immediately. He reached out to the Tommy's general email address, asking if they could somehow ship a 'shake 375 miles over to Arlington. According to Klein's Facebook post, Tommy Fello, the owner of Tommy's, said, "Yes. We will figure out a way to do this."
Pomeranz lost her battle with cancer in July. Before leaving this Earth, though, she got her Tommy's mocha milkshake. Carefully packaged, it arrived as if she had just sat down at the Cleveland Heights restaurant and ordered it. Klein reports that this small act by Fello sent Pomeranz to the moon with happiness.
She told her family. She told her friends. Pomeranz told anyone that would listen about this incredible act of kindness. Klein asks that anyone passing by Cleveland Heights stop at Tommy's and order a 'shake, "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.'"