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 Memorial service scheduled for Jodi Fisher
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Memorial service scheduled for Jodi Fisher

This weekend the Central Coast will say goodbye to an inspirational Cayucos woman, whose spirit and optimism captured our hearts.

44 year old Jodi Fisher lost her battle with cancer on March 17. Her story grabbed our attention when she went around selling free ice cream in Cayucos as part of her bucket list, or "fun list" as she called it.

Dreams became reality, when she went on to meet President Barack Obama during his trip to San Francisco. One week later, she was a guest on the Ellen Show.

Jodi's funeral service Saturday at 11:00 a.m., at the Cayucos Cemetery. The family asks for only close friends to attend.

To buy t-shirts that benefit Jodi's family, click here.

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JODI'S JOURNEY UPDATE: Jodi to be guest of Ellen DeGeneres show

The Cayucos woman crossing items off her bucket list will cross one more thing off the list next week, and it's another big one.

Jodi fisher, 44, is battling inoperable cancer. She and her family came up with a list of things they want to accomplish together.

For Jodi, no dream was too big.

She's handed out free ice cream to her community, and Thursday, gave President Barack Obama a hug.

Next week, Jodi tells us she will be a guest of the Ellen DeGeneres show. KSBY worked a little magic with the show producers to get Jodi and her family four tickets.

Jodi says the show tapes Wednesday and will air Thursday at 4 p.m. on KSBY.

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Local woman with cancer gets wish of meeting President Obama

It is a story that has inspired a lot of us here on the Central Coast.

Jodi Fisher of Cayucos turned 44 this past Saturday and celebrated by passing out free ice cream to anyone and everyone in town.

It was part of a so-called "fun list" she and her family put together a year and a half ago after she was diagnosed with recurring, inoperable cancer that continues to spread.

She told KSBY News one of her fantasy items was to shake President Obama's hand.

Her story made it to the White House and Thursday, Fisher's dream came true.

Within days of saying she wanted to meet President Obama, Fisher was waiting for Air Force One in San Francisco.

"I got a call from the White House asking if I was busy on Thursday. I had to check my calendar," Fisher said.

With her husband, Shawn, and their two children, Fisher gathered on the tarmac and just after 1 p.m., Air Force One landed.

The president made his way to Fisher first, telling her he had been looking for her.

"He wished me well and said to keep up the good fight," she said, "and I told him he fulfilled my bucket list."

Jodi introduced him to her family and passed President Obama a letter.

The president then continued moving down the receiving line.

They were just minutes. But to Jodi Fisher, they felt like a lifetime. Because it was the dream of a lifetime.

"I always felt like if you want something, it just doesn't hurt to ask, and it doesn't hurt to go for it," Fisher said.

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JODI'S JOURNEY: Meet and greet with President Obama

Jodie Fisher met President Barack Obama Thursday, one of the items on her "fun list."

President Obama greeted Fisher with a hug, then shook the hands of her husband and children. Then, the family chatted with the President. To find out what Fisher said, be sure to watch KSBY News tonight.

You'll also see footage from our KSBY News crew on scene. Reporter Nancy Chen and Photojournalist Kelly Teel captured the touching meeting from just behind the Fisher family.

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JODI'S JOURNEY UPDATE: President Obama greets local woman with a hug

Jodi Fisher, of Cayucos, had her wish granted Thursday when she met President Barack Obama as the president arrived in San Francisco. Fisher has cancer and the meeting is on her bucket list, which she likes to call her 'fun list.' The president greeted Fisher with a hug.

Our Nancy Chen was there for the meeting. Watch KSBY News at 5 and 6 tonight to see her report from San Francisco.

Click here for full coverage of Jodi's Journey.

Click here to see Nancy's photo gallery!

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JODI'S JOURNEY UPDATE: Jodi and family await meeting with president

Here is a photo of Jodi Fisher, of Cayucos, and her family as she waits to meet President Barack Obama. Jodi is battling cancer and the meeting is on her bucket list, or as she likes to call it, her 'fun list.' Keep checking ksby.com for updates! Air Force One will be arriving in San Francisco at any moment. Our Nancy Chen is there to capture the meeting.

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UPDATE: Jodi arrives at viewing area

UPDATE: Jodi arrives at viewing area

KSBY's Nancy Chen and photojournalist Kelly Teel are in San Francisco Thursday to tag along with Jodi Fisher, a Cayucos woman diagnosed with cancer. Fisher is crossing off another item from her bucket list, which she calls a "fun list" Thursday: Shake President Barack Obama's hand!

Keep checking KSBY.com for photo updates throughout the day, and be sure to watch KSBY News Thursday night to see Fisher's wish come true!

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GALLERY: Cayucos woman with cancer will meet President Barack Obama

KSBY's Nancy Chen and photojournalist Kelly Teel are in San Francisco Thursday to tag along with Jodi Fisher, a Cayucos woman diagnosed with cancer. Fisher is crossing off another item from her bucket list, which she calls a "fun list" Thursday: Shake President Barack Obama's hand!

Keep checking KSBY.com for photo updates throughout the day, and be sure to watch KSBY News Thursday night to see Fisher's wish come true!

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Email from Central Coast dad leads to Cayucos woman meeting Obama

It was said almost as an aside, and now a Cayucos woman's fantasy wish to meet President Barack Obama is about to come true.

"I want to go on the Ellen DeGeneres show, and I'd love to shake President Obama's hand--if we're going to go big here," Jodi Fisher said on Saturday.

The 44-year-old Cayucos woman is suffering from a rare, inoperable cancer that's spreading. To help cope, Jodi, her husband Shawn and their two kids put together a "bucket list," or what they call a "fun list."

In the year and a half since she was diagnosed, they have checked off items along the way like renting a limo to go to Cambria and buy french fries.

The Fishers marked another item off that list this past Saturday, when Jodi got in an ice cream truck and gave free ice cream to anyone and everyone in Cayucos. Still, there were still two big fantasy items on Fisher's bucket list--until one became a reality.

Jodi got a voicemail Wednesday night from someone at the White House. At first, she thought it was someone from a restaurant called 'The Lighthouse'. But it was instead an invitation to meet the President of the United States.

And it was a local tie that made it all happen.

"She's so courageous, and she's so powerful," Pat Perry, a San Luis Obispo man, said. "It was so much fun to see somebody making good decisions at that point in her life."

Pat is married to Theresa Perry. A friend of theirs forwarded Jodi's story on KSBY story to them, hoping they could do something about it. Their son, 31-year-old Seamus Perry, works in the White House.

Seamus grew up in Los Osos, graduated from Morro Bay High and went to Claremont College before working in logistical planning at the White House. Pat forwarded the link, never expecting anything to come of it--until he got a call Wednesday night.

"I answer, and it's Seamus asking, 'Do you have the phone book? Could you look up Jodi Fisher's telephone number for me?'" Pat said. "And so I gave him the number, and apparently, they talked and Jodi's going to go meet the president."

And now Jodi is going from the tiny town of Cayucos to meet the President Obama.

"It's almost like that six degrees of separation," Pat said. "You can actually pretty much reach anyone in the world if you put it out on Facebook, put it in the paper, and somebody will connect."

That now leaves one big item left on her bucket list--be on the Ellen DeGeneres show--and only time will tell what will happen next.

KSBY News will be joining Jodi on her journey Thursday; watch KSBY News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. for a report from San Francisco.

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Local woman with cancer to meet President Obama as part of bucket list

A Cayucos woman battling inoperable, recurring cancer will be fulfilling one of her dreams Thursday when she meets President Barack Obama, an item on her bucket list.

KSBY News first reported on Jodi Fisher on Monday; she turned 44 years old and celebrated by giving ice cream to anyone and everyone she saw in Caycuos on Saturday.

Fisher and her husband Shawn put together a bucket list with their two children after she was re-diagnosed with cancer about a year and a half ago.

The items on her bucket list included simple pleasures such as letting her 9-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter skip school, renting a limo to go to Cambria and buy fries and eating lobster.

Fisher wanted the focus of the list to be on spending time with her family, but there were also logistical reasons for a pared-down list. She is unable to fly because of health concerns.

But she also had two grandiose dreams: to shake President Obama's hand and go to the Ellen DeGeneres show.

And on Tuesday night, Fisher received a call: she's going to meet the President of the United States Thursday.

Watch KSBY News to find out how a local connection is leading to Fisher's meeting with the President.

KSBY News will be there with Jodi. Watch our newscasts at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. for more on this story.

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Woman with cancer gives out free ice cream in Cayucos as part of bucket list

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It's safe to say that on Saturday afternoon, Jodi Fisher was the most popular person in Caycuos.

"It's free ice cream because it's my birthday!" she yelled out of an ice cream truck she was borrowing for the day.

There were 1,200 Klondike bars, ice cream sandwiches, and Popsicles, ready for the taking as Fisher traveled up and down the numbered streets of Cayucos.

"I think it's great," said Kevin Blaine, who was visiting from Tulare County and got ice cream for his family. "We were just walking by, and they invited us to come over and get some ice cream. It's wonderful."

The best part: there was no price tag for anyone.

"I really didn't know what was going on," said Cayucos resident Cheyenne Fitzwater, whose two daughters excitedly greeted the truck. "We heard the ice cream truck and ran outside. I was happy I had cash on me. Turned out we didn't need it."

Giving out ice cream has been on Fisher's bucket list for a while, and she decided to do it Saturday, her 44th birthday. It also marks a year and a half of battling a rare form of recurring, inoperable cancer that's spreading.

"It's tricky to find a chemo that works for it," she said. "So we've been working with a lot of different kinds the last year and a half, hoping to find one and kind of keep it away."

To help cope, Fisher, her husband Shawn and their two children decided to put together a bucket list, which they renamed a "fun list."

Its items are simple.

"Just going to the pound and playing with the animals," she said. "Or ditching school--whoops! Shh. Or going to the movies."

The focus is mostly on spending time with 11-year-old Callie and 9-year-old Jonah.

"Just went to Disneyland," Fisher said. "We rented a limo and got french fries up in Cambria. Just for fun."

The Fishers try to fit activities in between Jodi's weekly chemo sessions, which often leave her exhausted and thankful for her friends.

"We get meals delivered to us," she said. "I get money in my mailbox from people I don't even know."

And that's why Fisher wanted to pay it forward with an ice cream truck.

"We can never repay everything, but it means a lot to be able to do that and just see the kids smiling and having fun," she said. "And I'm just really grateful for everyone's that's stuck by us."

So on this past Saturday, Fisher crossed another thing off the "fun" list, but she says that's missing the point.

"It's not so much doing the things on the list because sometimes those feel bittersweet," she said. "You know, we're doing them because my health is a little risky. But I think it's more important the meaning behind it--that none of us are going to live forever."

Fisher says she wants to go all out on her family's bucket list, but it can be hard because she can't fly anymore and gets tired easily. Still, she has two big goals left: go to the Ellen DeGeneres show and shake President Barack Obama's hand.

Still, there was no talk about cancer on this day as Fisher gathered with her family--including her twin brother--and her friends.

"Nobody knows when their time is, and by doing these things, I'm not giving up hope," she said. "I'm always optimistic and hopeful."

To donate money to the Fishers, send checks to this address:

Jodi Fisher
P.O. Box 753
Cayucos, CA 93430

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How to donate to Jodi Fisher

Cayucos resident Jodi Fisher turned 44 years old on Saturday and celebrated by donating free ice cream to anyone and everyone in town. It was an item on her family's bucket list.

Fisher is also battling a rare, recurring form of cancer. To donate money to the Fishers, send checks to this address:

Jodi Fisher
P.O. Box 753
Cayucos, CA 93430

Watch Fisher's story on KSBY News at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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