LIFE

Cops Track Down Anonymous Woman Who Bought Them Lunch And Learn Her Son Has Cancer

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald is a writer, illustrator, and a Libra.

A Stark County, Ohio, mom stunned two officers — Deputy Mike Greene and his wife, Detective Rebecca Greene — when she bought them lunch at Chipotle.

“She didn’t ask for anything in return. She had paid for the meal and was walking out,” Detective Rebecca said.

Mike and Rebecca stopped the woman to get a photo. They hadn’t gotten her information by the time she left, though, and wanted to find a way to repay her. So they posted her photo on social media to try and track her down.

What they didn’t know was that the woman, Erin Wise, had just got the worst news of her life. Her 4-year-old son Tegan’s cancer was probably returning. Tegan was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was 2 years old, but he’d been in remission since June.

“Obviously, it was devastating,” Erin said. “You find out that your child has cancer, and they’re telling you it’s very curative — it’s very curable, but it does tend to come back.”

The very same day she got the news, Erin hadn’t eaten all day. She and her husband were stopped at Chipotle when they noticed two officers behind them in line. She bought them lunch as a kind gesture and kept things moving.

After Mike and Rebecca posted Erin’s photo on social media, they reunited with her and invited her family to a special breakfast.

“We are going to include her entire family with what’s called ‘Shop with a Sheriff’ on December 16,” Mike said. “That will include a breakfast with the family, and the kids will be with Santa.”

Erin said she decided to give back that day as a reminder to herself — and now the world: “No matter what’s going on in your world, there’s always a way to pay it forward to somebody else.”

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Footage provided by WJW Cleveland

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