Jodi Fisher fulfills another wish: Meeting Ellen DeGeneres

Cayucos woman who has cancer gets $30,000 toward children’s college educations from Sara Lee

acornejo@thetribunenews.comFebruary 23, 2012 

Cayucos resident Jodi Fisher’s battle with cancer and her inspiring journey as she lives in the face of it was broadcast to millions of viewers Thursday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

On the talk show, with her husband, Shawn, and children Callie, 11, and Jonah, 9, sitting by her side, Fisher was given a $30,000 check from Sara Lee to help pay for the kids’ college education. DeGeneres told Fisher that the company was moved by her story and wanted to help.

Fisher, who is living out her bucket list as a way of spending memorable moments with her family, made headlines last week when she met President Barack Obama in San Francisco.

Attending the DeGeneres show was also on her otherwise called “fun list.”

That wish came true when the show’s producers contacted Fisher shortly after her story became public when she handed out free ice cream in Cayucos to celebrate her 44th birthday as a way of giving back to the community.

Fisher shared her inspiration and her battle with a rare form of inoperable cancer while talking with DeGeneres.

“I try not to focus on the negative and be grateful for all the things I do have,” Fisher told DeGeneres. “I get up each morning and walk around and can hug my kids again and see my husband and family … it is a reminder that life is good.”

DeGeneres commented on the sparkle in Fisher’s eyes that remains despite her illness, something that those close to Fisher have known for a long time. “Just be kind … if everybody did a little bit … we’d live in a better place,” Fisher said on the show.

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