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Women and Wellness

Together, we can imagine a future without cancer.

Learn more and get involved with our exciting upcoming events:

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 | Virtual luncheon and book club event featuring Suleika Jaouad

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | Evening celebration at The Jefferson Hotel

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VCU Massey Cancer Center and COVID-19 and the omicron variant

Protecting individuals and families impacted by cancer and contributing to the overall health of our community are our top priorities at Massey. With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and the omicron variant in Richmond and its surrounding areas, we have decided to shift the in-person Women and Wellness luncheon from in-person to a virtual luncheon and book club event on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at noon EST. All registered guests for the Feb. 8 event will also be invited to an in-person evening celebration at The Jefferson Hotel on June 15. The March 26 educational conference at The Westin Hotel Richmond is currently scheduled to proceed as planned.

We are hopeful these changes will provide more opportunities to safely come together to celebrate the power of women in the fight against cancer and to make a difference - together.

Together. One team. One fight.

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Connie Hom

A message from our Women and Wellness chair

At VCU Massey Cancer Center, Women and Wellness has a tradition of education, awareness and fundraising. For 27 years, WE have brought together strong, powerful women and raised over $5 million to advance Massey’s mission and fight cancer. WE connect and educate our sisters, bring awareness to our communities about cancer prevention and raise money to advance cancer research and innovation at Massey.

This year, Women and Wellness has a full year of networking and educational programming to engage, excite and empower us all. Women and Wellness is about bringing strong, compassionate and powerful women together to fight cancer. Together, WE can make a future without cancer possible!


We invite you

Women and Wellness is about women coming together to make a difference. As such, we invite you to save the dates and join us for our Women and Wellness 2021/22 signature events.

Emmy award winning journalist Suleika Jaouad to speak at the Women and Wellness virtual luncheon and book club event on Feb. 8
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Each year, Women and Wellness come together for a signature event at the Jefferson Hotel, serving up plenty of inspiration, with a noted featured speaker. This year’s program is a virtual luncheon and book club style event featuring keynote speaker Suleika Jaouad.

Jaouad  is a cancer survivor, Emmy award-winning columnist, celebrated TEDtalk speaker, and author of the instant New York Times bestselling memoir Between Two Kingdoms, which recounts her odyssey of healing and self-discovery after a diagnosis of leukemia at the age of 22, and the widely acclaimed The New York Times column and video series, “Life, Interrupted.”

Women and Wellness Educational Mini-Conference, March 26, 2022 at The Westin Hotel Richmond

The Women and Wellness educational mini-conference invites guests to take a deeper dive with Massey leaders on topics like healthy living and nutrition, self-care and wellness, cancer and relationships and thriving with cancer. Hands-on opportunities, such as art therapy and makeup and beauty tips are also planned.

Registration for the Women and Wellness conference is free and is open to all. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Celebration Cocktail Reception on June 15, 2022, at the Jefferson Hotel

Join us at this evening, in-person event at The Jefferson Hotel to celebrate the power of women in the fight against cancer through Women and Wellness. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, the opportunity to mingle (with social distancing and Covid-19 safety measures in place), while celebrating the culmination of the 2021/2022 Women and Wellness campaign and hearing how women are advancing life-saving research for women’s cancers.

Tickets purchased now through Feb. 8 will also receive a login for the Feb. 8 virtual book club event featuring Suleika Jaouad.

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Women and Wellness gatherings: Intimate and engaging

All this year, small gatherings hosted by Women and Wellness supporters will provide opportunities to meet and hear from Massey researchers and raise awareness about cancer. Events can be in-person or virtual and hosted in private homes, local restaurants, clubs or elsewhere.

Interested in hosting a Women and Wellness gathering? We are here to help! Check out our Small Gathering Event Toolkit for ideas and tools to make your Massey event easy, fun and inspiring. Or, reach out to Megan Zapiec to get started.

Visit Team Massey Women and Wellness for more information and events.


Thank you Massey nation

Our corporate and individual champions are making Women and Wellness and the innovative cancer research that is happening every day at Massey possible.

Make a Tribute or Memorial Gift to honor a strong woman in your life.

Learn more about ways you can stand with us all year to advance women’s cancer health at Massey. View Sponsorship Opportunities  and sign on as a Women and Wellness sponsor. Contact Ocelia Hudson for more information, so we can put your company's name on our partnership list.

Thank you to:

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Stay informed. Stay connected

Women and Wellness is part of an ongoing Women's Health Initiative at Massey

Funds raised through these events will support a new Women and Wellness Clinical Trials initiative, which aims to raise $250,000 by June to advance clinical trials and research on women’s cancers.

Women and Wellness WE-Newsletter

Sign up to receive our Women and Wellness WE-Newsletter every other month to stay up to date on campaign events, research news and highlights and ways you can get involved with Women and Wellness all year long.

WE-News: September/October 2021

WE-News: November/December 2021

Join the Women and Wellness committee

Women and Wellness committee members help plan events and initiatives all year. Reach out to Connie Hom for more info on our subcommittees and ways you can join our dynamic group!


Photos from past Women and Wellness luncheons

Connie, Mary, and Samantha
Overhead of dining room at Women & Wellness Luncheon
Women at luncheon table
Panel: Dr. Masey Ross, Dr. Suzie Park, Allie Farly, and Dr. Mandy Gatesman
Overhead view of 2019 champagne reception
Tara Daudani, Tracy Sears, Samantha Harris, and Becky Massey
Samantha Harris booksigning

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