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Joan Lunden to Serve as Survivor Ambassador at 2015 Komen Race for Cure

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SUMMIT, NJ - Susan G. Komen North Jersey has announced that Joan Lunden, who co-hosted ABC-TV’s Good Morning America for nearly two decades, will serve as Honorary Survivor Ambassador at the Affiliate’s 8th Annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure® on Sunday, May 3.

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Lunden, who is an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author, was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in June 2014. She courageously chose to make public, “in real time,” her journey and her cancer treatment, which involved chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. 

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“We are thrilled to have such an esteemed journalist as Joan Lunden serve as our Survivor Ambassador at this year’s Race,” says Karen Meleta, President of Komen North Jersey’s Board of Trustees. “She will be such an incredible inspiration to our Race participants, and especially to the hundreds of survivors who will be there. It takes huge strength—heroic strength—to do what Joan did. To put her own personal journey ‘out there’ as a living, breathing testimonial to how early detection can, and does save lives.”

After her career at GMA, Lunden went on to become a health advocate. She says that her position to reach so many women, coupled with the legacy of her late father, a cancer surgeon, are what inspired her to come forward with her diagnosis. Last June, she revealed on Good Morning America that she had Stage 2 Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a rare and aggressive form of the disease. People all over the country rallied around her as she went into what she describes as warrior mode. “I heard those words that every woman fears, and never wants to hear,” said Lunden. “You have breast cancer. It’s like, at meteoric speed, you are propelled into the world of breast cancer. You go into warrior mode. You start asking questions. You become your own best health advocate, and then you start feeling empowered. You’re ready to fight the battle.”

In October, Lunden appeared on the cover of People Magazine without her wig, completely bald, another brave and bold decision. Her message, that “breast cancer does not need to define who you are,” profoundly resonated with thousands of cancer survivors and their families nationwide. In October, she joined NBC4 TODAY show as a Special Correspondent for Breast Cancer Awareness Month; the show continues to follow her breast cancer journey on the air.

Lunden’s new book, Had I Known (available September 22) is a memoir about her breast cancer journey in which she speaks candidly about her battle with the disease, her quest to learn about it and teach others, and the transformative effect it has had on her life. For more information, visitwww.JoanLunden.com/Had-I-Known or on Twitter at     #HadIKnownBook.

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For additional Race information, to register, volunteer, start a team, or make a donation, visit www.KomenNorthJersey.org/race or call (908) 277-2904.

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