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Feb 16, 2012 9:42 PM by Nancy Chen, KO

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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