Gloria Rucker

Gloria Rucker is the winner of the Follow-Up Raffle for the 4th quarter of 2016.

Gloria Rucker of Concord fills out her Annual Follow-Up Form every year. This time, she won the $150 prize in a random drawing of those who had completed their forms.

“I was shocked,” she said. “People should fill out their form quickly, as soon as they get it. They might be a winner like me.”

Rucker battled multiple myeloma last year and survived thanks to a stem cell transplant in August 2016. She spent 15 days in the hospital and is now in remission.

She said she feels it’s important for MURDOCK Study participants who become sick to tell researchers by filling out their Annual Follow-Up Forms every year.

“I want to make sure that you continue to know about my health as it changes,” she said.

A longtime Cabarrus County teacher assistant and bus driver, Rucker retired in 2008 after working at W.R. Odell Elementary and Weddington Hills Elementary for 30 years. She enjoys serving her church, Rock Hill AME Zion, and has a son who is a student at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

For her prize, she chose a gift card to Olive Garden so she could share her good fortune with husband Larry Rucker, who is also enrolled in the MURDOCK Study.