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Penny Studd, Bed-Ridden Cancer Patient, Rides To Polls In An Ambulance (VIDEO)

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Penny Studd, 63, has voted in every election since she was 18, and this year she wasn't going to let a thing like brain cancer stop her.

According to Fox News, Studd's father -- an immigrant who came to America from Germany in 1925 and was a WWII veteran -- instilled in her the importance of voting.

“Mainly because of my heritage, how proud my parents were to become Americans,” Studd explained to Fox 8 News.

Studd even voted when she lived in Japan with her husband who was stationed there with the Air Force.

The bedridden woman from Wadswordth, Ohio, however, learned late last week that she may not get the chance to vote this year due to her struggle with brain cancer. When her husband, Jim, tried to mail in her absentee ballot, the form was rejected because Studd was unable to sign her name.

“He (a board of elections worker) said I needed a special power of attorney because the medical or financial one wouldn’t work, and he said it was probably too late now,” Studd's husband told Fox News.

That was when the hospital took action. The hospice of Akron General and Penny’s family got an ambulance to take her to the polls.

“If I can’t vote I not only let myself down, I let God down,” Studd said of her proud moment at the polls.

Studd's story isn't the only example of Americans who overcame obstacles to make it to the polls.

A Chicago woman went into labor Tuesday morning, but that didn't stop her from voting, reported the Huffington Post. Though her water had already broken, Galicia Malone voted around 8:30 a.m. at New Life Celebration Church in south Chicago before going to the hospital.

And according to ABC, one man had his own ambulance stop at the polls before taking him home from the hospital. Charles Gorby, 83, of Haverton, Penn., persuaded an ambulance crew to stop and let him vote Tuesday as they transported him home following a 2-week hospital stay. Gorby was able to vote from his stretcher.

Filed by Sarah Medina