Feb 15, 2012 9:10 PM by Nancy Chen

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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