This past Saturday, the American Heart Association held their annual Go Red for Women luncheon in Wailea. Go Red for Women is the Association’s program that provides education and research to prevent and treat heart disease in women. I was on the committee as the silent auction chair and after months of planning, we saw our efforts come to life as red dresses and origami hearts graced the ballroom at the Fairmont Kea Lani.
The event was a success with a health expo, expert panel and a healthy cooking demonstration. Survivors walked the runway and our guests also enjoyed a bit of shopping at the silent auction. This shot was taken as we set up for the event the night before and are the event’s “open your heart” boxes.
Did you know that many women often don’t realize they are experiencing a heart incident? We can have very different symptoms than men. I attended last year’s event as a guest and was so moved by everything I learned that day as well as by the survivor’s stories that I decided to volunteer for this year’s event. I wrote a post last year where I shared links and videos to material from the Association that is both entertaining and informative. Since then, I’ve also posted important information about the signs of a heart or stroke incident at home, in my parents’ kitchen and at the office.
To learn more about Go Red for Women or to donate, visit their site today.
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