You’ve seen her on TV, now see her in person Joan Lunden: My Journey

by | Apr 3, 2015 | What’s Happening

Presented by Jewish Family Service
Sunday, April 26, 2 pm, Norfolk Academy

As part of its Spring Into Healthy Living programming, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater will present Joan Lunden, American journalist, author and television host at Norfolk Academy’s Samuel C. Johnson Theater. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required at

In June of 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, which required chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Since then, she has shared her journey through cancer treatment with the world, becoming a prominent voice in the breast cancer community. An eternal optimist, Lunden decided to take her diagnosis and turn it into an opportunity to help demystify cancer treatment.

During her visit to Tidewater, Lunden will share her experience and work in continuing to raise awareness on breast cancer diagnosis, screening, treatments and recovery. Her recent profile in People Magazine and appearances on NBC’s Today Show exemplify her passion and dedication for being an ambassador for this cause and spreading her important message.

Dr. Judith A. Salerno, president and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will also speak briefly on what Komen has done toward advancement of breast cancer research and treatment.

“We are thrilled to have Joan Lunden coming to our community,” says Betty Ann Levin, JFS executive director. “It gives us the opportunity to collaborate with a number of new organizations to raise awareness about breast cancer screening and treatment in our community. We are so grateful to the many healthcare organizations, businesses and individuals who have joined us as a partner in this initiative.”

For more than three decades, Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes and exemplifies today’s modern working woman. As the longest running host ever on early morning TV, Lunden greeted viewers every morning on Good Morning America for nearly 20 years. She reported from 26 countries, covered five presidents and five Olympics and provided insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day.

Today, Lunden is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author, health and wellness advocate, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur and a mom of seven children. She continues to keep Americans up-to-date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

On her web site,, Lunden shares personal videos from treatment sessions, collaborative research from doctors and experts, as well as tips and advice collected from the interactive community created through her website. Also featured on, is content from various experts on health, wellness, lifestyle, caregiving and boomers.

Bringing her passions to life, Lunden founded and runs a women’s wellness retreat, Camp Reveille, where women come to relax, recharge, jump-start their fitness and have fun in a Maine summer camp setting.

From her real-life experience, Lunden has a strong passion for family and caregiving. She is the spokesperson for the nation’s leading senior referral service, A Place for Mom. She recently co-authored a new edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregiving.

Lunden has served as national spokesperson for various organizations such as the American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the American Lung Association, the American Red Cross, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Colon Cancer Alliance. She speaks regularly around the country about health and wellness, parenting, success and balance in life, and more. One of the most visible women in America, Lunden has graced the covers of more than 40 magazines and book covers.

Her books include Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregiving; Growing Up Healthy: Protecting Your Child From Diseases Now Through Adulthood; Wake-Up Calls; A Bend in the Road is Not the End of the Road; Joan Lunden’s Healthy Living; Joan Lunden’s Healthy Cooking; Mother’s Minutes; Your Newborn Baby; and Good Morning, I’m Joan Lunden. She also hosts the exercise video Workout America.

The presenting sponsor of Spring Into Healthy Living is Towne Bank. Lead sponsors are the Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Fund of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation. The Copeland/Klebanoff Families are the Diamond sponsor.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Betty Ann Levin, executive director, or Sue Graves, fundraising coordinator, at 757-321-2222. Visit www.jfsrunrollorstroll. org to view the full listing of sponsorship opportunities.

Jewish Family Service is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

*Of blessed memory

The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required at