GREENSBORO, NC – An elementary school employee and her family got the chance to meet their idol during a taping of the Ellen show.

Natalie Hopkins, a Burlington resident and Greensboro teacher, appeared on the Ellen show with her husband and two daughters. Natalie, a curriculum facilitator at Jones Elementary, went on the show to share her inspiring story.

While doing some last minute Christmas shopping in 2016, Natalie received news that she had breast cancer. Over the next year, she received chemotherapy, a double mastectomy and will start radiation this week. Natalie credited Ellen and her family as the reason she was able to get through it all.