Grace Ruby, a 90-year-old cancer survivor, was selected for her inspiring story of overcoming adversity, improving her health and happiness, and being a dedicated SilverSneakers® champion. After surviving breast and ovarian cancers, Ruby’s health was very fragile. Knowing she needed to take active steps to improve her health, she joined SilverSneakers and began to exercise regularly. In the process, she became a champion for the program. Ruby was instrumental in starting a 7 a.m. SilverSneakers class at her local YMCA, then growing the class from a few participants to nearly 30. Now the self-proclaimed class greeter, she prides herself on knowing each one of her classmates and actively participates in class from the front row three times a week.
“Wouldn’t everyone want to be healthy? I tell you, it’s a lot better than being lethargic,” said Ruby.