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SCV cancer survivor going on ride of life

first_imgFor Santa Clarita resident Heather Warrick, the most inspirational part of today’s Amgen Tour of California as it passes through the area just may be the last mile. The 37-year-old cancer survivor will ride in a “Breakaway Mile” organized by Amgen to raise awareness in the fight against cancer and scientific advances that have led to new treatments. Cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, health care professionals and an Amgen scientist will make up the 12-member Breakaway Mile team, riding the last mile together. Warrick, who is currently living with stage-four cancer, will ride in tandem with Amgen scientist Joe Miletich. Warrick thinks her tale of doing well despite seven recurrences of cancer over the years may give others hope. “My story shows that cancer is becoming more of a chronic disease than a deadly one. With all the great research and new discoveries in cancer – we have better medications, better techniques in treating the disease – more people are surviving,” she said. There is no cure for stage-four cancer, so Warrick will always be in some form of treatment for the rest of her life. Warrick, who works for the American Cancer Society, is also an inspirational speaker and shares her experience of living with cancer through humorous stories and a message of choosing hope over hopelessness. “It’s just so much easier for me to think positively,” she said. “I can’t just sit here and let (cancer) get the best of me. I can’t let it overpower me and let it get in the way of my goals.” [email protected] (661) 257-5256160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m so excited to be a part of something so impactful on the community for cancer awareness,” Warrick said. “I think it will be great to ride with my fellow survivors. We’re like a tight family up here.” Warrick’s brother, Scott Clelland, also will ride alongside his sister as one of her supporters and caregivers. Warrick was chosen for the Breakaway Mile by Donna Ashmore, an oncology nurse at UCLA Cancer Center in Valencia. Ashmore met Warrick through the American Cancer Society about a decade ago and the two became friends. “She’s just phenomenal,” Ashmore said of Warrick. “She’s been a survivor since she was 24 and she gives other survivors inspiration and hope. Her outlook is just amazing.” last_img

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