90-Year-old wins national inspiration award

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Ninety-year-old Chandler resident Grace Ruby was awarded the 2014 Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award from SilverSneakers.

Ruby has survived both breast and ovarian cancer and knew that she needed to exercise in order to improve her fragile health.

"I just felt that I'd been given a new lease on life and they told me three strikes is out so I figured I was gonna love life before the third strike came about," Ruby said. "So that’s the way it's been and I enjoy every single day."

She received 30 percent of the total votes in the online voting competition for this national award.

Ruby attends fitness classes at her local Tempe YMCA three times a week and claims that her newfound activity has improved her happiness.

She also helped in starting a 7 a.m. SilverSneakers class at her local YMCA and then growing the class from a few participants to almost 30.

"I've known Grace for about 10 years and she is always on the front row of this class, as you can see this morning, and she never misses," said Donna Horwitz, SilverSneakers fitness instructor. "She gives us all an example of what it's like to live with joy, healthfully into the mature years as she does."

SilverSneakers is the nation's leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults.