Natoma Canfield on Meeting the President: ‘Amazing’
PARMA, Ohio — A local woman who helped inspire President Obama’s health care proposals spoke with the President face to face during a campaign stop in Parma, Thursday evening.
Natoma Canfield, 52, of Medina, wrote a heartwarming letter to the President, detailing her struggles with cancer and her eventual loss of insurance coverage. The President was so moved by her letter that he framed it and placed it on a wall in the Oval Office.
President Obama called Canfield after the United States Supreme Court upheld the health care law, but she never imagined she would get the opportunity to meet him in person.
“It is a proud moment in my life. Really, just so happy,” she told Fox 8 News. “I introduced him to my family. I told him what a good president I thought he was and how the Cleveland Clinic has done a lovely job.”
The conversation lasted only a few moments, but it won’t be the last time Canfield meets the President.
“He invited me to see my letter on his wall,” she said.
Canfield called the entire experience “amazing.”