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Dying Woman Dying for Milkshake Gets a Final Wish

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Emily Pomeranz, who died on July 28. (Screengrab of Facebook post/@Sam Klein)

By    |   Friday, 04 Aug 2017 12:08 PM

A dying woman's final wishes included a milkshake from a favorite restaurant nearly 400 miles away. How she got her mocha shake before she passed away last week was told in a touching story on Facebook, The Washington Post said.

The story Sam Klein wrote on his Facebook page about his friend Emily Pomeranz, who was dying from pancreatic cancer and placed in hospice in Arlington, Virginia, has gone viral and been shared on nearly 3,000 other pages.

According to the Post, Klein and Pomeranz grew up together in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and were big fans of the milkshakes at Tommy's Restaurant there. They eventually found their way to the Washington, D.C. area, where Pomeranz worked as an attorney and Klein in a Virginia school district in its ESL program.

After Pomeranz became ill and entered hospice care, Klein visited her and asked if there was anything she needed. That's when the two started reminiscing about the milkshakes at Tommy's and how much she would like to have one more mocha milkshake from there.

"Knowing that she couldn't travel to Cleveland, 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," Klein wrote on Facebook. "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.

"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," Klein continued.

Fello told the Post that when he saw Pomeranz's "gigantic smile on her face" in a picture with the milkshake, he was overwhelmed.

"My heart was beating out of my chest — I was so happy," Fello said, adding that he hoped the drink "brought her back to a comforting time."

Pomeranz died on July 28, but not before her last wish was granted, Klein wrote.

"… She was able to fulfill her wish of one last Tommy's milkshake thanks to the caring and good heartedness of Tommy at Tommy's," Klein wrote.

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A dying woman's final wishes included a milkshake from a favorite restaurant nearly 400 miles away. How she got her mocha shake before she passed away last week was told in a touching story on Facebook, The Washington Post said.
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