WWE announced this morning that television journalist Joan Lunden would be the 2016 recipient of the Warrior Award at the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony this Saturday in Dallas, Texas.

The initial announcement was made on The Today Show this morning by John Cena.

The WWE announcement noted, “The Warrior Award is given to someone who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance, and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior. The award will be presented to Lunden by The Ultimate Warrior’s widow, Dana Warrior. In June 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, which required chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. Lunden made the decision to take her battle public and has since shared her journey through cancer treatment, becoming a prominent voice in the breast cancer community.”

“It is truly humbling to be honored by WWE and receive this year’s Warrior Award at the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” Lunden said on WWE.com. “After being diagnosed with cancer, my first thought was to survive, but soon after, I changed my focus from my cancer to the fight against cancer and my life took on a whole new purpose. WWE has welcomed me into their family, offering me warmth and support, as have so many of the WWE fans from around the world. It is a privilege to receive this honor.”

Dana Warrior, widow of the WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior, wrote the following on social media about the announcement of Joan Lunden receiving The Warrior Award at Saturday’s Hall of Fame ceremony:

I could not be more thrilled with the honor I have been given to induct @JoanLunden into this year’s class at Hall of Fame. Ms. Lunden’s spunk, wit, and verve along with her fight like a Warrior attack makes her the quintessential Warrior Woman and the ULTIMATE choice as the second Warrior Award recipient.

After last year’s induction of Connor I wondered how we could ever match the level of deservedness. Connor and his father Steve embody all that this award was meant to capture so I am delighted WWE made the choice of Joan Lunden. Ms. Lunden is a Warrior in her own right and an inspiration to us all. Joan Lunden waged war on this disease telling Robin Roberts she went into “Warrior Mode” when she learned of the battle she was facing.

It is the mark of a true Warrior to not merely survive the unthinkable but to thrive in the face of overwhelming challenge. With Ms. Lunden’s public battle against breast cancer, attacking this savage disease with all her might we had the transformative ability to see her fierce determination to live and her brave revelation of her battle wounds. To see this proud Warrior Woman on the cover of People magazine with her bald head was to me an “Always Believe” battle cry.

I eagerly await the honor I’ve been given to induct Joan Lunden into the 2016 Hall of Fame class as The Warrior Award recipient. I am delighted to celebrate the fact in the face of death she fought like a true Warrior Woman for her life and did not merely survive, but thrived. That is the indomitable spirit The Warrior Award is meant to recognize and I am truly humbled to stand next to a woman so fiercely deserving.

Dana Warrior

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