Natoma Canfield’s White House Visit

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MEDINA-- A Medina woman is back home Thursday after spending a memorable time with President Barack Obama at The White House.

53-year-old Natoma Canfield saw the famous letter that she wrote to the president, which is now hanging in The Oval Office.

"He actually framed my letter and put it on the wall- The Oval Office you gotta pinch me. It just doesn't seem real," Canfield says.

Natoma became the president's poster child for uninsured Americans after she became ill with leukemia.

"I had written to the president to let him know I could no longer afford my healthcare. I had tried so hard, but I just didn't make enough," says Canfield.

In response to her letter, the president created the healthcare bill and signed it into law.

"I'm signing it for Natoma Canfield. Natoma had to give up her health coverage after her rates were jacked up by more than 40 percent. She was terrified that an illness means she would lose the house that her parents built," said President Obama.

At the time, Canfield couldn't attend the signing ceremony because she was too sick, but her brother and sister were there right beside the president.

On Wednesday, Natoma and her sister, Connie, attended The White House Christmas Party and met with the president in the Oval Office.

"Even with his busy schedule, he made us feel like he had so much time and didn't rush us. We got to talk with him. That was just so special," Canfield says.

Both Natoma and her sister say going to the White House to meet President Obama is a day they'll never forget but it also happened on 12-12-12 which made it even more memorable. Canfield says, "So much more significant too. It was a special day everywhere- the calendar and for us" says Canfield.

Her sister agrees, "It couldn't be more perfect for my 12-12-12 day because it was magical," says Connie Anderson.

Natoma's cancer is in remission but she says she still has a long way to go.

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