Women Helping Women

Pardee Hospital Foundation is excited to host the 22nd annual Women Helping Women luncheon on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Blue Ridge Community College. 

We are also excited to officially introduce this year’s wonderful speaker, Tracey Conway.
Tracey Conway is an Emmy-winning actress who, while taping a television comedy show, literally dropped dead from Sudden Cardiac Arrest.Twenty minutes later, paramedics shocked her heart into beating again. Overcoming 20-to-1 odds, she survived and turned her miraculous recovery into poignant yet laugh-out-loud presentations that have wowed everyone from maximum-security inmates to Oprah Winfrey.

Tracey’s inspiring, informative talks have entertained and engaged audiences from Boise to Budapest. “Drop Dead Gorgeous!” “Beating the Odds,” and “Cross My Heart and Hope to Live!” are rousing anthems that motivate audiences to get passionate about their health and life priorities.

A classically trained actress with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drama from the University of Southern California, Tracey moved to Seattle to pursue a stage career. When the local TV comedy show Almost Live! needed an unknown face to give an “eyewitness” account of the supposed toppling of the Space Needle for a live April Fool’s Day sketch, Tracey’s performance was so realistic the station was flooded with calls about the “disaster,” and the city’s 911 callboard was temporarily disabled. Tracey joined the show full time as a writer/performer in 1990. When Almost Live! concluded its fifteen year run, Tracey served as the face of Valley Medical Center for two years, promoting the hospital’s emergency department alone with other excellent services.

Aside from being an internationally acclaimed speaker, Tracey is an accomplished writer. A Huffington Post blogger and author of Cross My Heart and Hope to Live!, she also contributed the lead story in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Healthy Living: HEART DISEASE and received two Emmy nominations for her writing on Almost Live! Sought for her effervescent-yet-educated presence, she served as a panelist on Second Opinion, the PBS series that shows—in a way never seen before—how doctors navigate their way through tough medical decisions.

Tracey has offered Go Red For Women keynote talks for over a decade for American Heart Association affiliates and healthcare communities, and she is also involved with several national organizations promoting the use of AEDS (automated external defibrillators) and the therapy of ICDs (implantable cardioverter defibrillators) for heart arrhythmias.

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Tracey to our annual Women Helping Women luncheon and hope that you will join us! Women Helping Women is a program that supports women in WNC by offering both financial and emotional support to those who need it. What started in 1998 as a group of women offering means to pay for various cancer screenings and treatment has transformed into a large philanthropy of women offering the resources, strength, and hope to help them get through various medical conditions. Click Here to learn more about Women Helping Women and our Women of Hope.

As is tradition, we will also announce the 2019 Woman of Hope at the luncheon on October 18. The Women of Hope award is an honor that recognizes these women as beacons of hope and inspiration for their strength and perseverance when faced with difficult health and life challenges. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, donors, and guests, last year’s event raised more than $173,000 to help uninsured or under-insured women receive a mammogram or other important health screening. We are hoping to keep our momentum going this year and raise even more for the women in need in our community! If you would like to nominate someone to be the 2019 Woman of Hope, please fill out the form below.


If you or a woman you know are in need of medical financial assistance, we encourage you to print and fill out our 5905-22 Women Helping Women Application 10-22-14-REV

Retail Row

We are so excited to have the opportunity to bring back Retail Row for another year at our Women Helping Women luncheon. These generous vendors not only volunteer their time at the event to give attendees something to do while they await the start to lunch, but every one of them gives at least 10% back to Women Helping Women. So bring your credit cards, checks or cash to shop with these wonderful vendors!

This year our list of vendors includes:

The Sanctuary Boutique

Homestead Linens

The Wrinkled Egg

Pardee Hospital Gift Shop

Wild Birds Unlimited

Michaelian Home

Moonshine & Magnolias

Art Mob

Wine Sage & Gourmet

Silver Fox Gallery

McConnell Farms


Thank you to all of our vendors, we appreciate all that you do for our community and for Women Helping Women!

Become a Sponsor

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for Women Helping Women or an alternative Pardee Hospital Foundation event, please contact the office at (828) 233-2700

Women of Hope

The Woman of Hope Award honors women in the community for sharing their stories of courage, determination, and will as they faced cancer and other serious health conditions.

Coffee For A Cause

Through a partnership between Sweet Gypsy Coffee and the Pardee Hospital Foundation, up to $10 of the purchase price of this bag of coffee will go directly to Women Helping Women. This Foundation program supports women who have been, or will be, patients at Pardee by offering needed financial and emotional support. Women Helping Women has raised over $2 million to provide the resources, strength, courage, and hope patients need to conquer various medical conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. Donors to Women Helping Women haven’t just impacted lives—they are saving them. Your support makes all of this possible. Learn more. 

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Women Helping Women 2016


Women Helping Women Luncheon 2015



Women Helping Women 2017