Joan Lunden, former co-host of Good Morning America, author and breast cancer survivor to moderate Susan G. Komen San Diego's Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make

Leading cancer experts share the latest breast cancer research, treatments, new scientific findings and the role of mindfulness as it relates to health and well-being; innovative breast cancer screening breakthrough to be presented

Susan G. Komen San Diego (Komen San Diego) will explore the latest innovations in breast cancer screening and treatment at its third annual dinner symposium, Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make: A Conversation on Research, Treatment and Lifestyle presented by Bank of America, on March 16, 2017 at the Del Mar Marriott Hotel from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This one-of-a-kind event brings together leading cancer and wellness experts to share the latest innovations in breast cancer research, treatment and holistic well-being. Noted journalist and breast cancer survivor Joan Lunden will moderate the event.

An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, and women's health & wellness advocate, Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes for more than 30 years. For nearly two decades, Lunden greeted viewers each morning on Good Morning America bringing insight to the day's top stories. As the longest running female host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 5 presidents, 5 Olympics, and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families, and their health.

In June of 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, which required chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. An eternal optimist, Lunden wanted to turn her diagnosis into an opportunity to help others. She blogged throughout her cancer treatment and wrote a memoir Had I Known, which documents her battle, and reflects on her life and career.

We are excited to highlight the important medical breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, said Laura Farmer Sherman, president and CEO, Komen San Diego. This will be a very candid and inspirational evening which continues to spotlight Komen San Diego's commitment to supporting women during each and every step of their breast cancer journey.

The speaking lineup will also feature leading breast cancer experts including Dr. Deborah Rhodes, a Komen scholar and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Rhodes and her team used a bit of ingenuity and duct tape (yes, duct tape!) to develop and study a new breast cancer screening tool called Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI), which has been proven to be 400 times more effective than mammograms. She has recently been in the national media spotlight about this technology and has been featured on TED Talk: Other speakers will be announced soon.

The Honorary Chair for Screens, Genes & the Choices We Make is Gina Champion-Cain, local businesswoman and entrepreneur behind the local LuvSurf and Swell Coffee brands, The Patio Restaurant Group and American National Investments.

Guests will also enjoy a farm-to-table menu and the opportunity to tour San Diego's first state of the art Mobile Mammography Coach. Proceeds from the event will benefit Komen San Diego, the County's largest provider of free breast cancer services and support.

Bank of America has been a proud supporter of Komen San Diego since 2009, said Rick Bregman, San Diego Market President. Each and every year, Bank of America employees raise funds to help women get the free resources and support they need and will continue to stand and fight until a cure for breast cancer is found. We are excited to be a part of such a unique and informative event.


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Event: Susan G. Komen San Diego's Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make presented by Bank of America

Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: San Diego Marriott Del Mar, 11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, Calif. 92130

Tickets: General ticket - $100 per person; General table - $1,000 for 10 guests; Premium ticket - $150 per person; Premium table - $1,500 for 10 guests Registration/Website:

Title sponsor is Bank of America; Dinner sponsor is Genomic Health; Symposium sponsor is Sanarus Technologies, Reception sponsor is Vantari Genetics and Registration sponsor is Scripps Health.

For additional information about Screens, Genes & The Choices We Make, click here. Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Flora Hoang at or (858) 573-2760 x 103.


Since its inception in 1995, Komen San Diego has granted more than $18 million to research and local non-profits who provide everything from free diagnostic mammograms, meal delivery, temporary financial aid, transportation and more. Seventy-five percent of every dollar raised in San Diego stays in San Diego County to fund breast health services for uninsured and underinsured women and their families. The remaining 25 percent funds international breast cancer research. In fact, next to the U.S. government, Susan G. Komen® is the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. For more information, please visit Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.