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Employee receives game experience of a lifetime

Jennifer Rue and long-time friend Liz Dawson, stand in front of a decorated Christmas tree at Hotel Ivy during a December trip to Minneapolis to see the a Minnesota Vikings’ game. Submitted photo.1 / 3
Jennifer Rue poses with former Minnesota Vikings player Greg Coleman during a December trip to Minneapolis to see a Vikings’ game. Submitted photo.2 / 3
Jennifer Rue talks with Minnesota Vikings’ defensive coordinator George Edwards after a December game in Minneapolis. Submitted photo.3 / 3

Through the generosity of the Minnesota Vikings and Hotel Ivy, Cook County was able to provide an employee battling cancer with a special trip the Dec. 17 Vikings game.

Jennifer Rue, a social worker employed as the adult mental health case worker with Cook County Public Health and Human Services, has been battling brain cancer since March. The severity of the illness has forced her to recently leave her job with the County while she courageously battles the disease. Rue loves the Vikings and NFL football, but her illness has limited her ability to go to games. County administrator Jeff Cadwell worked with Bruce Messelt of the Minnesota Association of County Administrators to contact the Minnesota Vikings community relations coordinator, as well as Rue's sister, to arrange the trip.

The Vikings provided complimentary tickets and on-field passes for Rue and a friend to attend the game. Hotel Ivy provided a complimentary room with concierge, valet, room service, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

County colleagues also recently held a Taco Tuesday fundraiser lunch to assist the Rue family with the costs of medical expenses.