Elizabeth Laird is an expert when it comes to hugs. The 83-year-old has been receiving and sending off soldiers in Fort Hood, Texas with a big warm embrace. Known as the Hug Lady, Laird wanted to get involved in supporting the military when the Iraq War began in 2003. To date, Laird estimates she has given 500,000 hugs. Unfortunately, the inspirational woman has not been able to continue doing what she loves. On November 3, she was hospitalized; she has been battling breast cancer since 2005. It is now the service men and women who are now making the journey to give her a hug at the Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, Texas.