Megan Mejia, Emily's 13-year-old sister, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and had been receiving CAR-T immunotherapy treatment.
Emily Mejia was taking orders at a Starbucks drive-thru when her mother and sister drove up to reveal that her 13-year-old sister is "100 percent cancer-free." Emily was noting down an order from her mother when she learned her sister was cancer-free and she completely broke down in tears. Megan Mejia, Emily's 13-year-old sister, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in August 2021 and had been receiving CAR-T immunotherapy treatment. The emotional video was posted on TikTok by Emily Mejia (@emilylorraineee) where it has gone viral. The video shows Emily busy working when her mother and sister drive up beside her. She is confused as her mom lists out an order.
Her mother tells Emily she would like a "latte with a shot of espresso, 2 percent milk," before casually saying she also wants "one pump of CAR-T and 100 percent cancer-free please." Emily is stunned and can't believe it. "Actually? Really?" she asks repeatedly, overcome with emotion. "You're gonna make me cry, are you serious?" she asks her mum in a high-pitched voice in the video. "Oh my God. You're making me cry at work," Emily said before laughing and wiping away her tears. Being the cheeky person that she is, her mum still checked on the coffee order. "Can I really get that latte though?"
Emily shared the video and captioned it, "Finding out my 13-year-old sister is cancer-free at work @Starbucks #childhoodcancer #cancer #leukemia." The video went viral and has been viewed more than 23.3 million times, garnering 5.5 million likes. After the video went viral, everyone wanted to see Megan, so Emily had her feature in a video. "I did not expect the video to blow up, I only thought my friends would see it," said Emily, before panning the camera to Megan who waves at the camera. She asks Megan how it feels to be cancer-free and she whispers, "Cancer-freeing." Megan requires a bone marrow transplant but it's imperative that she finds a good match. The doctors were hoping that one of her siblings would be a match but as it turns out, all three of them are a match for her.
The comments section was filled with positive comments. "And now YOU’RE making US cry at work?!" one person wrote while another added, "This is such an amazing moment." One cancer survivor touched upon the emotion of learning they are cancer-free. "As a cancer survivor, we act like we don’t care, but we really do care when we get that 100 percent remission news," they wrote. "Ik [I know] what it feels like hearing those words, I also know that many don’t get to which needs to change, sending all my love," another commented. So many could relate to their own loved ones' battles. "My heart ❤️my sister who was 12 had 99% survival rate for cancer but had chemo side effect that took her away from us 😞 I’m so happy for her ❤️," wrote one person.