From homeless to pre-med: How one McKay grad plans to make Salem, her family proud

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Photo by ANNA REED / Statesman Journal

After living in and out of homelessness throughout her childhood, Erika Figueroa plans to spend the next 12 years becoming a doctor. She wants to help others who may be going through a challenging journey.

Read her story here.

Published by Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is a freelance journalist and author based in Salem, Oregon. She wrote about education for more than seven years at the Statesman Journal and now covers education and other topics throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is originally from Colorado and earned her B.A. in Politics and French from Willamette University.

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