De La Rosa has been working as a commercial and corporate
actor, voice-over talent and print model since 1986. She
took a break from 2002 to 2009 to raise a family and recover
from Stage 3 (III) colon cancer
and chemotherapy. Today, she is blessed with good health
and is back at work as an actor,
spokesperson , and public speaker as a colon
cancer advocate and survivor.
a Blue Buddy, a colon cancer awareness
campaign, in 2014. Be a Blue Buddy is not an organization,
but rather a personal call to action through public speaking,
reaching out to city and state officials, and using social
media to help raise awareness of colon cancer, the importance
of screening and early detection in support of survivors;
to give hope to newly diagnosed patients, and to honor those
who have died from this disease. Most importantly, she shares
her story to empower others and hopefully save lives. Keep
up with her latest efforts here
and on Facebook.
grew up in Atlantic Beach, FL--the eldest of four in a close-knit
family. Her parents are still happily married. She lived
abroad in Spain and Japan while her father served in the
Navy. Grace has two children, and after living in South
Carolina, Hawaii and Maryland, is currently living back
"home" in Jacksonville, FL.
attended the University of North Florida (UNF), interned
as a TV reporter at WJXT-TV4 and received her Bachelor of
Arts degree in Communications and TV Broadcasting. She
has also worked in public radio. Her childhood dream was
to work as an entertainment and travel correspondent. Instead,
life led her to acting and advocating as a colon cancer
has been active in the fitness industry as a fitness writer,
AFAA-certified fitness instructor, fitness/swimwear model
and NPC fitness competitor.
trained for her first NPC-sanctioned
show in 1995. Fast-forward fifteen years later to 2010,
five years after being diagnosed with Stage 3(c) colon cancer.
Grace decided to compete again--not to seek external validation
from a panel of judges, but rather, to challenge herself
with diet and exercise despite her seemingly invisible physical
limitations caused by chemo's side effects.
April 3, 2010 she competed in her first Figure
show. Grace knew she could do much better with the help
of a personal trainer/nutritionist. And so, with her trainer's
guidance, she switched from the Figure Division to the newly
formed NPC Bikini Division.
of the same year, Grace attained her personal best at the
show in St. Augustine, FL. She was nominated and featured
as BodyBuilding.com's Over-40
Amateur of the Week. And finally, Grace received 5th
place in the Over-35 Bikini (Short Class Division) at
the 2010 Ft. Lauderdale Cup where she
befriended IFBB Figure Pro Tina
White and met her figure idol, IFBB Figure Pro Ava
Cowan. Grace no longer competes, though physical fitness
will always be a part of her life.
strives for joyful living and learning, and is open-minded
enough to try most anything once. She enjoys snow skiing,
and traveling. While traveling abroad, Grace likes to soak
in the culture's history, arts, architecture and daily lifestyle--eating
and sleeping as the locals do. She recently visited Australia
and Greece--Santorini completely captured her heart! Next
on her overseas travel list: Italy.