Mom uses Starbucks order to surprise daughter with news that her sister is cancer-free

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By Carina Murphy

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Finding out that one of your loved ones is cancer free is one of the best moments imaginable.

But for one Starbucks barista, her family made the news more special.

In a video of the heartwarming moment shared to TikTok, Emily Mejia (@emilylorraineee) can be seen taking orders at a Starbucks drive-thru. Her mom pulls up beside her and starts giving her an order while filming her daughter's reaction.

According to Upworthy, Emily's 13-year-old sister Megan had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August 2021, for which she was receiving CAR-T immunotherapy treatment. But unbeknownst to Emily, their mom had just received some very exciting news.

In the clip, Emily is seen looking a little confused as her mom reels off her order. Her mom says she would like a "latte with a shot of espresso, 2 percent milk," before casually adding that she also wants "one pump of CAR-T and 100 percent cancer-free please."

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The barista stops taking down the order and looks at her mom in shock. "Actually? Really?" she asks repeatedly, before breaking down in tears. "You're gonna make me cry, are you serious?" she says, her voice breaking, adding: "Oh my God. You're making me cry at work!"

Behind the camera, her mom - who is clearly emotional too - carries on the joke, saying: "Can I really get that latte though? With almond milk."

Emily shared the clip to her TikTok, alongside the caption: "Finding out my 13-year-old sister is cancer-free at work @Starbucks #childhoodcancer #cancer #leukemia."

Unsurprisingly, the heartwarming moment went viral on the social media platform, where it had already racked up a whopping 24.6 million views and over 5.8 million likes.

The clip was so popular that Emily made a follow-up video, in which she responded to requests from viewers to see her brave little sister.

"I did not expect the video to blow up, I only thought my friends would see it, so it was really unexpected and crazy," Emily says in the follow-up TikTok, before thanking everyone who liked the video and responded with their own stories.

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She then panned the camera around to Megan, who waved at viewers. When Emily asked her how it feels to be cancer-free, Megan jokingly responds: "cancer-freeing."

Featured Image Credit: Mykhailo Polenok / Alamy

Mom uses Starbucks order to surprise daughter with news that her sister is cancer-free

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By Carina Murphy

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Finding out that one of your loved ones is cancer free is one of the best moments imaginable.

But for one Starbucks barista, her family made the news more special.

In a video of the heartwarming moment shared to TikTok, Emily Mejia (@emilylorraineee) can be seen taking orders at a Starbucks drive-thru. Her mom pulls up beside her and starts giving her an order while filming her daughter's reaction.

According to Upworthy, Emily's 13-year-old sister Megan had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August 2021, for which she was receiving CAR-T immunotherapy treatment. But unbeknownst to Emily, their mom had just received some very exciting news.

In the clip, Emily is seen looking a little confused as her mom reels off her order. Her mom says she would like a "latte with a shot of espresso, 2 percent milk," before casually adding that she also wants "one pump of CAR-T and 100 percent cancer-free please."

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The barista stops taking down the order and looks at her mom in shock. "Actually? Really?" she asks repeatedly, before breaking down in tears. "You're gonna make me cry, are you serious?" she says, her voice breaking, adding: "Oh my God. You're making me cry at work!"

Behind the camera, her mom - who is clearly emotional too - carries on the joke, saying: "Can I really get that latte though? With almond milk."

Emily shared the clip to her TikTok, alongside the caption: "Finding out my 13-year-old sister is cancer-free at work @Starbucks #childhoodcancer #cancer #leukemia."

Unsurprisingly, the heartwarming moment went viral on the social media platform, where it had already racked up a whopping 24.6 million views and over 5.8 million likes.

The clip was so popular that Emily made a follow-up video, in which she responded to requests from viewers to see her brave little sister.

"I did not expect the video to blow up, I only thought my friends would see it, so it was really unexpected and crazy," Emily says in the follow-up TikTok, before thanking everyone who liked the video and responded with their own stories.

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She then panned the camera around to Megan, who waved at viewers. When Emily asked her how it feels to be cancer-free, Megan jokingly responds: "cancer-freeing."

Featured Image Credit: Mykhailo Polenok / Alamy