Breast cancer survivor commits to healthy, risk-reducing changes

November 3, 2013 | by

For four years, Ramona Sanchez has been a breast cancer survivor.

On Sunday, the 58-year-old West Covina resident joined the Foothill Fitness Challenge, a City of Hope initiative to inspire the kinds of lifestyle changes shown to decrease cancer risk. In doing so, Sanchez became one of more than 1,200 local residents now setting fitness goals and committing to healthy changes; like Sanchez, many joined the effort during Sunday's Walk for Hope, a 5K walk benefiting women's cancers research, treatment and education at City of Hope.

Sanchez already incorporates exercise into her routine, but said she wants to step up her workouts and eat more healthfully in an effort to drop 50 pounds.

“I think the Foothill Fitness Challenge will help me just to get started,” she said. The event creates healthy competition among local cities to determine whose residents can achieve the most goals.

“It’s an incentive," Sanchez added. "I know that, since my cancer, I need to exercise more. I need to stay fit.”

Though Sanchez was treated at another institution, she has a special reason for supporting City of Hope, which she shares in the video above.