Solders Return Their Support To ‘Hug Lady’ Battling Cancer

Elizabeth Laird goes to the airport to pay her respects to the troops since 2003. Before soldiers leave for deployment at Fort Hood she gives each of them a hug.

It is a small, though meaningful gesture: to give those who protect your country a little warmth, compassion, and recognition before they take off to a place they may never return home from. Moreover, when they do come home, Elizabeth is there to hug them again. She is considered to be a local hero known as the “hug lady,” and she has given half a million hugs to our soldiers in 12 years. But one day she didn’t come…

Elizabeth has fought breast cancer for 11 years, and now she’s back in the hospital continuing her battle, and she’s not alone. The soldiers noticed Elizabeth’s absence and are returning their support. The men and women are visiting Elizabeth in the hospital and giving her favor and a lot of hugs!

Staff Sgt. Jarvez Wilkes reports that it was a real honor to give her a hug in her time of need and to show her a little love because she had shown him plenty of love.

The soldiers have helped to raise over $70,000 to cover Elizabeth’s medical expenses in 3 days.

“The outpouring of people, the comments coming in, it’s amazing,” said her son, Richard Dewees. “She’s touched this many people in that way with just a simple hug.”

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