Amelia, breast cancer survivor
Amelia Tena has made it her mission to become an advocate and mentor for people living with cancer. Currently working as health promoter and educator, Amelia was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 40s, not once, but twice. As a Hispanic immigrant who came to the U.S. to work hard and achieve her own American dream, Amelia decided to persevere, and she eventually beat cancer.
When Amelia learned that her breast cancer had returned less than two years after the first diagnosis, she continued her journey and searched for specialized care at a comprehensive cancer center. Through her search, she found City of Hope.
From the moment she arrived at City of Hope, she felt optimistic and reassured. “Going to City of Hope was the best decision I ever made,” Amelia said. “I was able to find doctors and nurses who spoke Spanish and who helped me with my treatment and surgery options, offering me personalized care. I had a whole medical team working for me, and together with my determination and my family’s support, they helped me beat cancer.”
Now a nine-year cancer survivor, Amelia lives an active lifestyle, practicing tai chi and going on long walks with her husband. She also serves as an ongoing volunteer at City of Hope, providing counseling and mentorship to Spanish-speaking patients who visit the cancer research and treatment center.
Amelia is a living testament to how City of Hope is committed to its patients and its lifesaving mission. Her remarkable story was the inspiration for a new Hispanic brand campaign.