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Local Woman Ignites Hope in Young Girl through Mentoring Program

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - January is National Mentor Month and NBC Right Now is teaming up with the Ignite Youth Mentoring Program to showcase community members igniting hope in the lives of kids in our area.

On Wednesday we met a little girl whose zest for life has helped a retired school secretary feel young again.

8-year-old Marissa Godinez who could not wait to turn eight so she could have her very own ignite mentor, Nancy Fish.

"Oh Marissa...she's special. She's got a sparkle about her and she's excited. She's just a real sweet girl," Nancy said.

Nancy grew up with two brothers and raised two sons. Thanks to the Ignite Program, she now gets to see the world through the excitement of a girl's eyes.

"Oh it makes me feel good. It makes me be excited for things that I haven't experienced in a long time.  When we went roller skating, I haven't roller skated in over 30 years and it was a lot harder, but a lot of fun," she said.

"Nancy would always be beside me or behind me cause I hold on to the sides and if I fall she'll just come up and pick me back up," Marissa said.

And before their girl time together is over Nancy says their next play date is already set.

"She has little sticky notes I give her and she has a little calendar. She puts the sticky notes on her mirror she said," Nancy said.