More than 150 people, decked out in red, are expected to gather Thursday, March 9th for the annual Tri-County Go Red for Women celebration to raise awareness and help fund the fight against heart disease and stroke, which claim the lives of 1 in 3 women.
Go Red is one of the nation’s premier events for the American Heart Association, devoted to a world of healthier lives for all, and the signature fundraising celebration for its Go Red for Women movement, which harnesses the energy, passion, and power of women to improve their health, and in turn, support their families and communities.
This signature celebration which will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Avalon at Squaw Creek Country Club will include:
- Inspirational program highlighting the impact the Association is making in our community
- Free blood pressure screenings and the opportunity to learn Hands-Only CPR
- Meet local survivors personally touched by heart disease and stroke
- Introduction of the 2023 Tri-County Woman of Impact and Teen of Impact nominees
- Silent auction
- Opportunity to make a meaningful gift during the Open Your Heart appeal
- A keynote lecture, “Be the Beat for Your Family, Friends, and Community” by motivational speaker and stroke survivor, Cherie L. Eldridge
Co-Chairs of this year’s Go Red celebration are Kerry Reckard and Tracy Governor who said yes to leading this campaign because of their personal connection to the Association. “We’ve made tremendous progress over the years, but cardiovascular disease is still the No. 1 killer of women, claiming more women’s lives each year than all forms of cancer combined,” said Kerry Reckard, Go Red for Women co-chair and the 2022 Woman of Impact award winner. “We need to be the change by supporting the Go Red for Women movement and raising the critical funds needed to make an impact on the future of women’s heart health.”
Women, especially Black and Hispanic women are disproportionally impacted by heart disease and stroke and research shows heart attacks are on the rise in younger women. Yet, younger generations of women, Gen Z and Millennials, are less likely to be aware of their greatest health threat, including knowing the warning signs of heart attacks and strokes. That’s why it’s important for all women to take charge of their heart health and encourage others to do the same.
Despite how far we have come in our fight against cardiovascular disease, women continue to have their symptoms dismissed, remain significantly underrepresented in lifesaving research, and are less likely to receive the same quality of care as men when it comes to treatment times and bystander CPR.
“Our goal is to help advance women’s heart health through research, education, awareness and advocacy initiatives in the Tri-County area,” said Go Red for Women co-chair Tracy Governor. “Go Red for Women raises funds to ensure a better future for women right here in our own community.”
Go Red for Women is nationally sponsored by CVS Health. For more information visit heart.org/TriCoGoRed.