The importance of women making their own health care a priority will be the focus of the American Cancer Society’s second annual “Women Leading the Way to Wellness” breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Norwalk.

The “Women Leading the Way to Wellness” breakfast will benefit the American Cancer Society’s movement to empower Fairfield county residents, local businesses, community leaders, and health professionals interested in learning more about cancer prevention and will feature a panel discussion on women making their healthcare a priority in order to stay well and care for their extended families and households.

“As the chief health officer of the family, women very often put the health of other family members and even family pets ahead of their own, often cancelling or delaying life-saving screenings and healthy activities because they are ‘too busy’ taking care of everyone else. We believe that caring for others does not have to keep women from prioritizing their own best health, “commented Robin Flay with the American Cancer Society.

This morning of wellness will also honor three local women who have been instrumental in the fight against cancer and continue to encourage others through the mission of the American Cancer Society. This year’s breakfast event will honor:

• Denise Lucarelli of Shelton is a cancer survivor and longtime support of the American Cancer Society. She is currently helping to raise funds through the “Pendant Project”, a partnership that helps create hand-crafted glass heart pendant necklaces for women taking part in the Society’s Look Good Feel Better program.

• Susan Meyers of West Hartford has been an active member of the Society’s Relay For Life events for nearly 15 years and has served in a number of leadership roles at the local, regional, and national level.

• Christine E. Van Cott, M.D., FADS of Trumbull is a practicing physician with St. Vincent’s MultiSpecialty Group. Currently Dr. Van Cott serves as a principal investigator for multiple clinical trials, has been published extensively in academic journals, and has contributed surgical chapters to medical publications.

The “Women Leading the Way to Wellness” breakfast is sponsored by Callari Auto Group, Camsan Electrical Contractors, Catherine Cleare Interiors, Ernst & Young, Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning, Moffly Media, Norwalk Hospital, Purdue Pharma, Stamford Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and the Whittingham Family.

Tickets are $75 and sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Aubrey Keely at aubrey.keely@cancer.org or by calling 203.563.1512.