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POLAND, Ohio - "When they said they e-mailed the President, I said you did what?," said Ron Russo of Poland.

While it may have seemed like a long shot, getting a response from the President, Justine Ula and her mom, Joann Russo of Poland, were fine knowing they probably wouldn't hear back.  After all, he is the most powerful man in the world.

"We wrote our little letters just to thank Obama because we kept seeing this commercial bashing Obamacare," said Joann Russo of Poland.

Turns out, the President did receive it and he did respond.

"Justine Ula is battling cancer for the second time," said President Barack Obama.

"Just hearing it actually come out of the President's mouth was just one of those things where it was like, I feel like I toned everything else out," said Justine Ula of Poland.

Justine learned in September she had Ewing Sarcoma for a second time.  It's a cancer doctors discovered in her bones. She's been able to remain on her parents insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, which extends the age of coverage to 26.

"Her mom, Joann, emailed me from Cleveland University Hospital where Justine is undergoing treatment.  She told me she stopped by the pharmacy to pick up Justine's medicine.  If Justine were uninsured, it would have cost her $4,500," said President Obama.

Through insurance, though, she pays $25. Now, that's just for one medication.  Justine takes as many as 15 a day, in addition to her treatments.

"It may not work for everybody.  I understand that," said Ula.  "But, it has helped our family so much."

And just like the speech, knowing that puts a smile on her face.

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