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IN People ON 27 Nov, 2015
Every soldier that has crossed Fort Hood since 2003 has met Elizabeth Laird as she is the famous ''Hug Lady''. She is the one who would be there, spreading smiles and warmth. Initially, she used to shake hands with them until one day, one of the soldiers went for a hug and then the chain of continued embraces began.
Now, that she is unable to visit Fort Hood every day, because of her ongoing battle with breast cancer. What the soldiers did to return her favor is heart-melting.
Both the coming and going soldiers get a warm treat of a hug from Elizabeth. She is famously known as the 'hug lady' because she is the one who spreads compassion.
On November 3, the 83-year-old had to be taken to a hospital in Killeen, Texas. She's been fighting with breast cancer.
They started coming down to Texas even if they had to travel a long distance to see her. And would vent out their life events.
In 1950 she became a part of the air force and volunteered for the Salvation army. During the period, when Iran war broke out she left the army.
Her efforts were also noticed by former President George W. Bush as she received a letter from him thanking her for the compassionate act.
As she struggles with cancer, the hospital bills keep rising to an absurd amount. So, her son established a GoFundMe foundation that has raised $85,000 in a period of 2 weeks. Love is utter bliss.