Popular Go Red for Women event in Buffalo will be held digitally

A new Go Red for Women experience is coming to Western New York. The popular Handbags for Heart “PURSE-onality” auction will be transformed into an online experience to support the fight to end heart disease and stroke.

Bidding opens online at noon on Tuesday, November 10th and runs until Friday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m. A live program featuring an inspiring survivor story from Buffalo-native Laurie Carroll, lifesaving information, and more, will be held on Zoom on Friday, November 13th starting at 6:00 p.m. Participants can register for free here. You must register to bid and register for the live Zoom webinar.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring this fun night in to our community while also giving back to the American Heart Association’s mission,” said Susan Denn, Auction co-chair, and heart survivor. “Our auction committee has been working so hard to bring some joy back during this unique time, and we know that the American Heart Association desperately needs our support during this time especially since our heart and stroke survivors are some of the most vulnerable with COVID-19. I’m so excited to play a part in helping to transform this year’s event into a digital platform while raising critical funds needed to continue to help the American Heart Association do great work in our community.”

With the evolving impact of coronavirus in communities across the country, many women are facing new challenges keeping them from their day-to-day activities. Go Red for Women® activities nationwide moved digital to support women where they are and continue to spotlight the lifesaving work of the Association and the Go Red for Women movement. These signature events will be held as a virtual gathering, to prioritize the safety and well-being of guests and families during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

While nearly 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented, cardiovascular disease continues to be a woman’s greatest health threat. One in three women live with some form of cardiovascular disease and it’s on the rise in younger women.

To prevent cardiovascular disease, women should understand family health history, know their numbers and make lifestyle changes like moving more, eating smart and managing their blood pressure. Risk factors that are within women’s control include smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, poor diet, obesity/overweight and diabetes.

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the American Heart Association’s launch of the Go Red for Women Movement nationwide. Go Red for Women is rooted in raising awareness among women that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women around the world.

The Handbags for Heart “PURSE-onality” auction is sponsored nationally by CVS Health and locally by Signature Go Red for Women Sponsor Catholic Health Heart Center at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Handbags for Heart Sponsor D’Youville College, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, Lake Shore Savings Bank, United Healthcare, Walsh Duffield, Buffalo Sabres, National Grid, and media sponsor Buffalo Healthy Living.