February 14, 2020 – Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 killer of women. It kills approximately one woman every 80 seconds and claims more women’s lives than all forms of cancer combined. The good news is that 80% of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.
But CVD is not just a problem for “older” women. Heart disease and stroke can affect a woman at any age, and new research shows heart attacks are on the rise in younger women. That’s why it’s important for all women to take charge of their heart health and encourage others to do the same.
Go Red for Women® (Go Red) is the American Heart Association’s movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. We are working throughout Cleveland to help women of all ages understand that CVD is their greatest health threat and empower them to take action to lower their risk.
It’s no longer just about wearing red. It’s no longer just about sharing heart-healthy facts. It’s about women of all ages standing together with Go Red to change the world. Because together, there is nothing we can’t achieve!
The opportunity to do something good. The opportunity to attend a predominantly women’s event. The opportunity to wear a red dress. What more could I ask for! I went out and bought a new (not pre-owned) dress for the occasion and I could not have been more pleased with my look!
I had not previously volunteered for this organization. I reached out without “explaining myself”. I showed up and was treated like a lady by EVERYONE. This was a great event, typical in many ways. I was assigned to the silent auction, basically as I say “smiling and looking pretty”. You may recall my work with The Providence House, where a life long friend was there. Well, she was here again. I thought she might be there (she works in a senior position for a principal sponsor of the event, in women’s business on top of it). I saw her, walked my post away from her, made sure she was seated and continued about my day. I was close to saying the heck with it and saying hello, but didn’t want to drag my wife into it, if in fact that would have even happened. Oh, well.
I talked with folks, smiled from ear to ear, made friends, saw old friends from other places and thoroughly enjoyed my Valentine’s Day morning/early afternoon.
A lovely OB/GYN bought three auction baskets, one of which was difficult to manage (she told me I looked lovely), so I helped her get her car loaded and headed home a bit early to take care of our daughter’s dog, who we unexpectedly ended up watching.
What a great day, until…………