Joan Lunden To Host Free Wellness Forum

March 30, 2017


Award-winning television journalist, best-selling author and breast cancer survivor Joan Lunden will join Memorial Healthcare System physicians on April 20 for a free lecture hosted by Memorial Cancer Institute during its annual Wellness and Empowerment Forum.

The event, sponsored by the Dr. Thomas and Joan Rodenberg Lecture Series of Memorial Foundation, will also feature a $100-a-seat VIP reception with Lunden.

All proceeds will benefit the Pink Angels Memorial Foundation.

The evening’s theme, Strategies for Success: Women’s Path to Power and Reinvention, will address various topics led by Lunden, Ashwin Mehta, MD, Medical Director of Integrative Medicine and Heather R. Wright, MD, Medical Director for the Division of Breast Surgical Oncology at Memorial Cancer Institute.

Ashwin Mehta, MD, Medical Director of Integrative Medicine and Heather R. Wright, MD, Medical Director for the Division of Breast Surgical Oncology at Memorial Healthcare System’s Memorial Cancer Institute will join Joan Lunden in addressing various topics. Topics include lessons learned from patients, breast cancer care from a breast surgeon’s perspective and “How Integrative Medicine Empowers Women.”

The event will take place at the Diplomat Golf and Tennis Club, 501 Diplomat Parkway, Hallandale, FL 33009. Reservations are required to attend both the free lecture series and the paid VIP reception, which has limited seating.

There will be complimentary refreshments and valet parking.

Lunden is best known for her role as co-host on Good Morning America (GMA) for nearly two decades. As the longest-running female host on early morning television, she reported from 26 countries, covered five presidents, five Olympics, and showed viewers how to care for their homes, their families, and their health.

She continues to serve as a motivational speaker at a variety of health events. In June of 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, which required chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. She decided to turn her diagnosis into an opportunity to help others. She blogged throughout her cancer treatment and wrote a memoir "Had I Known," which documents her battle, and reflects on her life and career. She serves as an ambassador for Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer, advocates for patients on Capitol Hill, and actively communicates with the cancer community through social media and on her website.

Lunden will share her personal battle with breast cancer, her struggle to balance work, family, and her own health, her career story, how women take on their new roles that they have fought for while still juggling being a mother and managing family life. Joan includes her personal story of being one of the first women in America to bring her baby to work when she became the host of Good Morning America, setting a trend for corporations across the country. Joan got serious about her health just before she turned 40 after an interview with an American Heart Association representative on GMA. After that she changed her diet, and got serious about her fitness dropping 40 pounds.

WHAT: Memorial Cancer Institute’s Wellness and Empowerment Forum "Strategies for Success: Women's Path to Power and Reinvention"

WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 2017