Six hundred women gathered today for the Go Red for Women annual luncheon to put an end to the number one killer of women in America, heart disease! Did you know women have a much greater chance of dying from heart disease than all forms of cancer combined, according to the American Heart Association. Heart disease and stroke are the number one killers of women in this country. One in three women will be impacted by heart disease; you could be one of them.
It's a shocking number but much better than where we were 10 years ago before Go Red for Women was founded to educate women about this very real killer.
Today's event is a major fundraiser for the programs across our region to educate women and help fund events to get information to those at risk. More than $500,000 dollars was raised and another $12,000 on the "Pursonality Auction".
Ten years since its inception, 34% fewer women are dying each year of heart disease thanks in great part to the work of the Go Red Foundation.
At the gathering women promised to leave the table and spread the word. At today's luncheon at the Charlotte Convention Center we cried and we laughed. A film produced by Go Red and starring Elizabeth Bank's, takes 3 minutes to show a typical busy woman who misinterprets her symptoms, but thankfully her child recognizes something is wrong and she survives a heart attack.
While the movie uses humor to get the point across, we also heard from a local survivor who was the picture of health, a runner, athletic, never had a clue she had a heart defect that was a ticking time bomb. But thanks to a smart doctor and open heart surgery Cissy Currin was able to dance at her daughter's wedding three weeks after surgery!
We all walked away with a challenge. To take one step in our lives, whether it's more exercise, better diet, or less stress, we'd all do something to help lower our risk of becoming another statistic.
Remember, according to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 women in the United States dies from heart disease every year. That translates to one woman dying every minute from heart disease. The Go Red web site is filled with wonderful ways you can make a positive change in your life. It also has heart healthy recipes and resources if you are concerned.
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