How One Milkshake Made the World Smile
Tommy’s Restaurant on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights, Ohio has been serving up milkshakes for 47 years, but none as meaningful as this one mocha shake last month.
“This was my first request like this,” said owner Tommy Fello. “I wasn’t even sure if we’d be able to do it.” (to send a milkshake nearly 400 miles away.)
The very special order came from Cleveland Heights native Emily Pomeranz, who grew up enjoying Tommy’s shakes, and now lived near Washington D.C. She was in hospice with pancreatic cancer – her second bout.
Longtime friend and fellow Cleveland Heights native Sam Klein, who also lives in the D.C. area, asked Emily if there was anything she missed, in terms of food. She said, ‘What I would do right now for a Tommy’s mocha milkshake.”
And so began “the milkshake mission.”
After pulling together dry ice donated by Pierre’s ice cream, carefully packaging a frozen shake and paying the $123 overnight shipping fee, Tommy DID get a special mocha milkshake to Emily’s hospice room in Virginia. The original photo went viral.
“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.”
“What they say is true, giving is more important than receiving,” Fello said. “It’s a better reward.”
Shout out to Tommy Fello from tommy’s restaurant in Cleveland Heights, OH and Sam Klein for making one woman’s dying wish come true 💗
Truly practicing #beingbetterhumans
Photo: Sam Klein