Lunden to Speak at Pink Alliance's Surviving and Thriving Luncheon

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COLLEGE STATION - One year ago Thursday, she announced she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Wednesday, it was announced one of the nation's most famous television journalists will be in the Brazos Valley this October for an annual event aimed at supporting cancer initiatives and raising awareness.

Joan Lunden, the co-anchor of Good Morning America for 17 years, will speak at the 13th Annual Surviving & Thriving Luncheon put on by the Pink Alliance. The event will be Thursday, October 8, at 11:30 a.m. at the College Station Hilton.

The luncheon will come just days after the September 22 release of Lunden's book, "Had I Known," looking back at her career and her cancer battle. She has also launched the "Alive" website dedicated to people dealing with breast cancer. She was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in June 2014 and underwent chemotherapy, surgery and radiation.

During her career, Lunden has reported from more than two-dozen countries, including for five Olympic games, and covered five presidents.

Lunden's speech is sponsored by Kay and Britt Rice with Britt Rice Electric.

According to the Pink Alliance, the previous 12 Surviving & Thriving luncheons have raised nearly $500,000.

In 2014, the non-profit says 77 patients got $43,000 in medical assistance through their organization. More than 270 women and men took part in support group meetings, which take place twice-a-month and feature group discussions and expert advice.

The Pink Alliance was founded by five breast cancer survivors in 2007. Of its nine current board members, eight are survivors with nearly a century of survivorship.

Luncheon sponsorships are available, but limited, with individual reservations priced at $50. Reservations are available at the Surviving & Thriving website. For more information on the event or sponsorships, call Jeannie Kipp at (979) 739-2028 or email jeanniekipp@gmail.com.