VCU Massey Cancer Center


Women & Wellness breakfast and luncheon

Joan Lunden Woman and Wellness 2018


The Women & Wellness Forum Series was established to educate women on their healthcare options in Richmond and raise funds for VCU Massey Cancer Center. The event grew to become a beloved and much anticipated annual tradition at the Jefferson Hotel and a cornerstone of Massey's identity in the Richmond community. Thanks to a dedicated volunteer committee, the breakfast and luncheon has raised nearly $4 million for women's cancer research, inspired thousands of attendees and boasted an impressive list of keynote speakers. The impact of these donations has been widespread, providing critical funding to support cutting-edge research in women's cancers.


  • Tradition Series

    Save the date for the Women & Wellness Breakfast and Luncheon!

    Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at The Jefferson Hotel

    - The Breakfast will begin at 8:30 am.
    - The Luncheon will include a Champagne reception at 12 noon prior to the start of the Luncheon at 12:30 pm.

    There will be a meet and greet/book signing with Joan Lunden after each event for 30-45 minutes.

    Online registration will open January 3, 2018 at 9:00 am.

    Featuring Keynote Speaker Joan Lunden journalist, television personality and breast cancer survivor

    Joan Lunden was the co-host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades bringing insight to the day's top stories, from presidential elections to health and wellness.  Her most recent bestselling book is Had I Known: A Memoir of Survival.  Joan speaks all over the country about health and wellness, inspiration and success.  Her online TV channel, ALIVE with Joan Lunden (, and her website, have become go-to sources of information for the breast cancer community.  In October 2014, Joan joined NBC's Today show as a Special Correspondent for Breast Cancer Awareness.

    Sponsorship opportunities available! Contact Lisa Randolph for more information at (804) 827-2195.

  • Impact Series

    Thirsting for knowledge and additional opportunities to support Massey, the Series has expanded to incorporate elements of edcuation and outreach to meet the demands of our most dedicated supporters. With a focus on creating a tangible change in the lives of those impacted by cancer, these hands on experiences will reflect Massey's mission to eradicate the suffering caused by cancer. 

    We invite you to learn more and join us for a series of free educational workshops on women's cancers at our Stony Point Patient Resource Library!

    Our series so far have focused on ovarian and breast cancers. Please view our events calendar for more dates and details. 

  • Influence Series

    To meet the needs of today's professionals who search for unique experiences to share with their peers and clients, Massey aims to provide tailored interactions with our physician scientists. These opportunities will provide unparallel access to the cutting-edge research taking place at Massey in an environment that inspires interaction and collaboration among attendees. 

    Coming Up: Massey proudly invites you to join us for

    Advance Registration Preferred, click here.

    Featured Speakers Include:

      Mary Helen Hackney, MD, Medical Oncologist, Director of Quality Improvement 

    Recent recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and leading breast cancer specialist who has led Massey's Rural Cancer Outreach Program, key survivorship initiatives  and advocates for an exceptional patient experience for all

     Vanessa Sheppard, PhD, Associate Director for Disparities Research

    Co-leader of Massey's Cancer Prevention and Control program and driver of Massey’s efforts to advance high-priority disparities and minority health research by addressing gaps in care for African-American, African immigrant and Latina populations

     Mary Beth Tombes, RN, MN, CRRC, Assistant Director, Early Phase Clinical Research Nursing

    Passionate advocate for advancing cancer care through clinical trials and provider of compassionate care for trial participants

     Christina Wiedl, DO, Director, Pediatric and Young Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation

    Physician-scientist leading cutting-edge treatment for young people facing cancer, while conducting innovative research examining the biological drivers of leukemia.

  • Celebration Series

    The funds and awareness raised in the past twenty-one years have created many advances in the area of women's cancer research at Massey. With survivors speaking passionately and positively about their Massey experience, now is the time to embrace the mission to create continued success for generations to come. A celebratory and social environment provide the perfect backdrop to toast to a cure!

    Check back for upcoming events.




  • Sponsors

    Presenting Sponsor: Anthony F. & Susan M. Markel Foundation

    Mission Sponsor: VCU Health

    Partner Sponsors:

    • Apple Hospitality REIT, owner of the Downtown Richmond Marriott and Courtyard Residence Inn
    • W. Funk Industrial Contractors, Inc.
    • Owens & Minor

    Advocate Sponsors:

    • Barbara S. Brown Ph.D.
    • MCV Foundation
    • Patient First
    • Towne Bank
    • Wells Fargo

    Contributor Sponsors:

    • & Mrs. Douglas Arthur
    • Faith Greenwood, Long and Foster Realtors
    • KPMG
    • Kroger
    • Skanska
    • Thompson, Siegel, Walmsley LLC
    • VCU Foundation
    • Weinstein Properties

    Supporter Sponsors:

    • & Mrs. Paul S. Bliley, Jr.
    • Michael Godin
    • Terrell and Elliott Harrigan
    • Karen D. Higgins
    • Kaugars and Miller P.C.
    • Keiter
    • Mary C. Malone
    • Missy and Jim Ryan
    • Westminster Canterbury Richmond
    • Women of St. Stephens

    Friend Sponsors:

    • Nolie Barnes
    • Central Diesel Inc.
    • Carol Roper Hoffler
    • Custom Kitchens
    • Judith Jessup
    • Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners
    • Liz Hart Designs
    • Adrienne Maxwell
    • Jen Ronga
    • Lisa Sims

Photos from the 2017 Women & Wellness Forum Series

  • Women & Wellness Tradition Series 2017 Chair, Michelle Logan, with Dr. Gordon Ginder and Speaker Jackie Walters.

  • 2018 Women & Wellness Tradition Series Chair, Karen Higgins, and friends.

  • Dr. Gordon Ginder, 2017 Tradition Series Speaker Jackie Walters, and Dr. Harry Bear

We look forward to your continued support of women's cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center!

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