Ruth Lehre believes that fitness is the perfect prescription for many things that ail us, both physical and mental. As an instructor and program developer for a local women’s gym, she also believes in preventive care, and encourages women to be proactive in protecting their health.
Ruth’s partnership with Sharp Grossmont Hospital began after losing her sister to breast cancer. In her early 60s, Ruth’s sister discovered a lump under her clavicle and steadfastly refused to seek further examination or treatment. She was later diagnosed with breast cancer, which spread to her lungs, brain and liver. It was then that Ruth found her calling.
“I knew I had to become an advocate for every woman who, like my sister, may have incorrect information or fear treatment once given a diagnosis,” Ruth explains.
She attended several women’s health workshops at the hospital and remembered the valuable information she received, as well as the dedication, expertise and compassion of the Sharp Grossmont team members.
Inspired by these workshops, Ruth contacted the hospital’s Radiation Therapy Department, which offered to provide a private workshop on breast cancer and the importance of education, awareness and self-examination for members of her gym.
This partnership helped transform Ruth’s passion into a mission that she carries out in her sister’s memory. “I have to try to help as many women as possible to prevent another untimely death like my sister’s,” says Ruth. “We all need to do our part, be responsible for our health and do what we can to fight cancer together.”