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U.S. Bank Hometown Hero: Erika Rucks

In recognition of Crucial Catch, Sunday's Hometown Hero is Erika Rucks, a pediatric oncology nurse. Erika has worked at the University of Minnesota's Masonic Children's Hospital for 17 years. Erika knows firsthand what it's like for the children she treats, as she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma when she was 15 years old. While in remission, she studied to be a nurse so that she could give back to individuals that were going through the same struggles she endured. In 2019, Erika was diagnosed with breast cancer and later found out that it had spread to her spine, a diagnosis of Stage 4 terminal cancer. Despite the diagnosis, she has remained positive and energetic and continues to work at the hospital and care for the patients she loves.

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