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Now we can all cry at work.

Imagine: You’re working a shift at your drive-thru job, when mom pays you a random visit. Then she films you as she places her order. Embarrassment ensues, right?

Well, not this time.

Instead, Starbucks employee Emily Mejia got news that brought her to happy tears, and now the internet is celebrating along with her.

Emily’s mom begins to ramble off one of those typical convoluted Starbucks orders.

"Can I get a grande latte … with one shot of espresso, and 2% milk…”

Emily seems thoroughly confused at first that mom is making such theatrics. But that’s because mom isn’t finished yet.

She continues, "and one pump of CAR T and 100 percent cancer-free please."

@emilylorraineee Finding out my 13 year old sister is cancer free at work @Starbucks #childhoodcancer #cancer #leukemia ♬ original sound - Emily Mejia

Emily’s 13-year-old sister Megan Mejia had previously been diagnosed with leukemia and added in the comments that she was resistant to chemotherapy.

CAR T-cell (chimeric antigen receptor) therapy alters a patient’s white blood cells in a lab so that they fight cancer cells. According to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, CAR T-cell therapy is a “major breakthrough” to treating both cell lymphoma and leukemia, adding that the hope is it could replace chemotherapy (and stem cell transplants) altogether.

It certainly brought a miracle to the Mejia family.

After understanding exactly what mom is saying (little sis is gonna be okay!), Emily’s voice instantly gets tiny.

“Really? Really? Actually? Are you serious? Mom, you’re gonna make me cry at work,” she squeaks, overcome with emotion.

Mom and daughter share a beautiful moment of laughing, crying, then laughing some more. That was until mom added, “can I really get that latte though?" She was still uncaffeinated, after all.

Emily shared that her mom said it was the best latte she ever had. Happiness really is the best sweetener.

@emilylorraineee

It’s extremely rare to have multiple matches. We found out after this that our oldest sister Brianna is also a match. 3/6 siblings🎗💛

♬ 3 IS THE MAGIC NUMBERRRRR - Nxgan


There’s even more good news: Emily posted a follow-up video that showed three of the six Mejia siblings are a match for Megan’s bone marrow transplant. Considering that doctors told the family that there was only a 25% chance of that, it’s no wonder the Mejias are jumping for joy.

Congratulations to Megan, and special thanks to Emily for sharing your family’s precious moment with the world.

(And, of course, to Emily’s mom for delivering the news in style.)

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Senior class president Zander Moricz was given a fair warning: If he used his graduation speech to criticize the “Don’t Say Gay” law, then his microphone would be shut off immediately.

Moricz had been receiving a lot of attention for his LGBTQ activism prior to the ceremony. Moricz, an openly gay student at Pine View School for the Gifted in Florida, also organized student walkouts in protest and is the youngest public plaintiff in the state suing over the law formally known as the Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K-3.

Though well beyond third grade, Moricz nevertheless was also banned from speaking up about the law, gender or sexuality. The 18-year-old tweeted, “I am the first openly-gay Class President in my school’s history–this censorship seems to show that they want me to be the last.”

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“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas,” McConaughey wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”

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