Lucky13 - KUSI News - San Diego, CA

Tri-City Medical Center Lucky 13 Program

A group of 13 individuals form throughout San Diego's North County who were selected to participate in the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Half Marathon on January 14, 2018. This special group, all of whom have or are currently overcoming health challenges, are training with fitness experts at the Tri-City Wellness Center in Carlsbad to prepare for the 13.1-mile race. 

Get to know our amazing Lucky 13 and follow their journey to yet another finish line. 

More>>

Debbie Stranton

Debbie was so inspired by her daughter, Kristina, and her experience as part of last year’s Lucky 13 team that she decided to apply herself. Debbie was a caretaker for her daughter who was diagnosed with retinoblastoma as an infant. Despite losing an eye, Debbie’s daughter went on to be incredibly healthy and successful thanks to the love and care of her mother.

More>>

Daniel Fencyk

This proud disabled Air Force Vet gave up smoking and took up exercising. He may be the oldest of the 13 but his enthusiasm and dedication to his health inspire those decades younger than him!

More>>

Wendy Sustachek

Wendy has dealt with a variety of different health challenges. Like so many of us, Wendy spent so much time caring for others that she neglected her own health. Wendy is now ready to make her health and happiness the priority. Wendy says, “I have a new found love for myself and my body.” She is committed to her recovery and excited to complete her first half marathon. More>>

Tanya Watanabe

Tanya is a two-time cancer survivor. After her second bout with cancer Tanya said, “I promised myself I would do all I could to give myself the best odds of remaining cancer free.” Tanya wants to focus on her overall well-being and inspire her loved ones to live a healthy lifestyle.

More>>

Marta Hoyt

Marta overcame cancer not once but twice! Ovarian Cancer in 2012 and Breast Cancer in 2015 was not enough to stop Marta. Neither was the shoulder replacement she had April 2017. After making great strides in her recovery while working with Susan Webster, head of Tri-City Wellness Center’s Cancer Fitness Program, she wanted to challenge herself again by applying for The Lucky 13.

More>>

Lisa Soto

After Lisa’s husband suffered a heart attack at a young age, she realized health is not something she could afford to take for granted. While caring for her husband during his recovery, Lisa slipped into a sedentary lifestyle. Plus, working on a computer all day led to Lisa having osteoporosis and low energy. 

More>>

Joe McAndrew

Joe was on track to hike Mt. Whitney when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago. His treatment was successful but the physical and mental toll made him lose sight of his healthy habits.

More>>

Jan Ray

Jan struggled with obesity her whole life. However, five years ago, Jan grew tired of being a victim and decided to take control of her life. She set her mind to lose weight and had double knee replacement in 2013. 

More>>

Cecilia "Celine" Showman

By the time the ambulance arrived at Tri-City Medical Hospital, Celine was in a coma due to her cardiac arrest. She was then treated with therapeutic hypothermia, the first ever at Tri-City Medical and it saved her life. She had an S-ICD (subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) implanted so she can exercise and live life knowing she has help should another cardiac even occur.

More>>

Chris Vettel

Chris had open-heart surgery to replace an aortic valve due to a congenital heart condition in 2010. Before the surgery, Chris was never a runner but she turned to it as a way to stay healthy and have fun after her surgery. Chris wanted to join Lucky 13 in order to become stronger and more confident, as well as to complete the Carlsbad Half Marathon. More>>

Carol Howard

In January 2015 Beth suffered a seizure as a result of a large meningioma tumor found in the left front hemisphere of her head which was putting pressure on her brain. Emergency surgery was performed to remove the tumor but left her unable to walk or lift her right arm or leg. She spent the next month in the hospital. Then she entered a brain rehabilitation program where she went for the next 5 months, 6 hours a day, 5 days a week where she gained her strength and learned to walk agai...

More>>

Beth Thorp

In January 2015 Beth suffered a seizure as a result of a large meningioma tumor found in the left front hemisphere of her head which was putting pressure on her brain. Emergency surgery was performed to remove the tumor but left her unable to walk or lift her right arm or leg. She spent the next month in the hospital. Then she entered a brain rehabilitation program where she went for the next 5 months, 6 hours a day, 5 days a week where she gained her strength and learned to walk agai... More>>

Powered by Frankly

KUSI News

4575 Viewridge Ave. San Diego, CA 92123
Newsroom: 858-571-NEWS (6397)
Turko Files: 858-571-FILE (3453)
Business offices: 858-571-5151

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KUSI. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.