American Heart Association announces Shari McDonald as the 2019 Go Red for Women® Campaign Chair

(Williamsville, NY – December 14, 2018) —The Buffalo Niagara American Heart Association is pleased to announce Shari McDonald RN, MSN, at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo as chair of the 2019 Go Red for Women® campaign and Go Red for Women® Luncheon being held on February 8, 2019 at the Lexus Club, 1 Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203.

While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented, cardiovascular diseases continue to be a woman’s greatest health threat, claiming the lives of 1 in 3 Women.

“As a nursing executive, I see firsthand the toll heart disease takes on patients and families throughout our community. It has also affected members of my own family,” said Shari McDonald, Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and chair of the Buffalo Niagara Go Red for Women® Luncheon. “I’m encouraged by the new treatments and advanced procedures we offer at the Catholic Health Heart Center at Mercy Hospital to fight this disease and I am proud to work with the American Heart Association on the Go Red for Women® campaign to promote awareness and highlight programs for Women’s heart health.”

By making a commitment to stand with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® movement — nationally sponsored by Macy’s and CVS Health and locally by Catholic Health Heart Center at Mercy Hospital — Women everywhere are coming together to take-action to prevent the no. 1 killer – cardiovascular disease.

Prior to Go Red for Women® only 30 percent of women knew that heart disease was their greatest health threat. Today, close to 56 percent of woman recognize this fact, but we have work to do because cardiovascular disease is still the no. 1 killer and stroke is the no. 3 killer in Western New York and no. 5 killer nationally.

For more information on local Go Red or other events, visit or contact Michelle Mason via email at #GoRedBuffalo

Media Contact: Jackie Mangione, Regional Communications Director or #585.967.7749

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on, Facebook, Twitter or by calling #585.243.4603.

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