I began supporting the "Go Red for Women" movement when it was launched in 2004. I had a massive heart attack in 2001. I believe I am here to tell my story because of the ongoing cardiac research funding that is available to the medical profession. I lost my mother in 1974 due to cardiac issues. Had the doctors known then what they knew in 2001, she may have lived. The treatments available today for heart conditions has, by far, surpassed what was available in 2001. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women and we need to be empowered to better achieve health and well-being.
I have been fortunate to join forces with Kim Patterson who has this story to tell:
Heart Disease is the #1 killer in the United States. Go Red for Heart disease is very important to me. My Mother had a history of two heart attacks and a triple bypass. She survived for years after and fought until June, 2017. I made a vow to her that I would continue the fight in her honor. There are many survivors of heart disease but there are many who could no longer fight. When my Supervisor, Janet Copley, asked me to help plan a Go Red Day in our department in 2019 I jumped at the opportunity to bring awareness to how serious and real heart disease is.