‘Hug lady’ receives overwhelming positive response after falling ill

Elizabeth Laird, 83, has been traveling to Fort Hood and airports in Texas since 2003 to welcome soldiers leaving for, and coming home from, deployments with a loving hug. Recently, Laird has been admitted to the ICU due to complications with her 11-year battle with breast cancer. When she wasn’t around the airport, the soldier’s noticed.

According to Texas’ KXAN, the soldiers have returned the favor and have now flocked to visit the “hug lady” in the hospital. Laird’s son even set up a Gofundme account to help with her medical bills, and in seven days the donations have surpassed $80,000.

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