Breast Cancer Survivor Joan Lunden Honored at Annual Honoring the Promise Gala

(Washington, DC) – Breast cancer survivor Joan Lunden and pioneering cancer researcher Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg were honored at the sixth annual Susan G. Komen Honoring the Promise Gala at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The event raised funds for grants for research and for Komen’s 19 breast cancer grantees in the National Capital Region, where the mortality rate from breast cancer is 40 percent higher than the national average.

Inside Edition anchor Deborah Norville emceed the evening’s program, which featured a performance by multiplatinum singer-songwriter Matt Goss. Goss, who lost his mother to breast cancer, sang a rousing choir-backed rendition of his song “Strong,” an inspirational tribute to all those who have been affected by the disease.

Komen President and CEO Dr. Judy Salerno said proceeds from Honoring the Promise provide critical funding for Washington, DC-area breast cancer organizations at a time when it is needed more than ever.

Joan Lunden received the David M. Rubenstein Mission Advancement Award which recognizes individuals who have advanced Komen’s mission to end breast cancer.

After receiving her breast cancer diagnosis in June 2014, Lunden decided to take her battle public, sharing a grueling nine-month journey through radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Now cancer-free, the former Good Morning America host is a prominent voice in the breast cancer community, working tirelessly to help other women affected by breast cancer.

Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg received the Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement Award which recognizes individuals who have committed their life to engaging the public in the fight against breast cancer, advocating for meaningful change and activating communities to support women and men facing the disease.

The 2015 Honoring the Promise gala was co-chaired by The Honorable Ray LaHood and his wife, Kathy LaHood. Honorary chairs of the evening included Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Debbie Dingell and her husband, the Hon. John Dingell, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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