Northeast PA Celebrates Nine Survivors at The Go Red for Women Luncheon

Lynn Distasio and Julie Sidon

Companies, organizations, families, and friends from the Northeast PA community gathered on Friday, November 15th at The Northeast PA Go Red for Women Luncheon.

Julie Sidoni, anchor at WNEP-TV, emceed the event where nine heart and stroke survivors inspired attendees to take action together and commit to living a healthy lifestyle.  With nearly 45 percent of women age 20 and over living with some form of cardiovascular disease, and an estimated 3.8 million stroke survivors alive today being women, education is key to knowing your risk.

This year’s event was chaired by Lynn Distasio, Clinical Director, COO at PRO Rehabilitation Services, and honored all those affected by heart disease and/or stroke.  The day began with a silent auction filled with prizes and a photo booth to capture those fun and special moments.  Guests were then seated in the ballroom at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, where they enjoyed a heart-healthy lunch and a program that featured several speakers educating all on the importance of taking care of yourself.

The Northeast PA Go Red for Women Luncheon is nationally sponsored by CVS Health, and locally sponsored by Pro Rehabilitation Services, Prudential, Toyota Scranton, Allied Services, Commonwealth Health, Geisinger, Highmark, UGI and media sponsors WNEP-TV, Magic 93, Lamar, and Times Leader Media Group.

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s movement to end heart disease and stroke in women and empowers them to get healthy through “Watch Me Go Red” – a campaign designed to engage women of all ages to prioritize their health and wellbeing. The campaign focuses on three main messages: be aware, live well, and make an impact.

For more information on how to get involved, visit

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