Southern New England American Heart Association Calls for 2021 Heart2Heart Storytellers

The American Heart Association of Southern New England (AHA) is calling on women across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts to share their stories of surviving heart disease or stroke for their annual Heart2Heart campaign. Several survivors will be selected to locally represent the Go Red for Women campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the leading causes of death in women – heart attack and stroke – and support the upcoming annual Go Red for Women Luncheon on Thursday, April 15th, 2021. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), the campaign sponsor, will donate $25,000 to the luncheon in the name of the class of 2021 Heart2Heart survivors.

Women are invited to visit bcbsri.com/heart and complete a brief form to submit their stories now through November 2020, when the call for submissions ends. Applicants will be invited to the Heart2Heart Storytellers Showcase hosted by BCBSRI later this year, where the official Heart2Heart survivors will be announced and are special honorary guests during the annual Go Red for Women Luncheon in spring 2021.  

Heart disease and stroke are the leading cause of death in women each year. The American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) are committed to fighting these startling statistics by looking for women to share their inspiring stories of survivors are the most powerful tool to increase awareness of the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke in women. By sharing your story, you could be featured in our Heart2Heart campaign—and help support the important work of the American Heart Association. By joining the Heart2Heart Storytellers Class of 2021, you are committed to being a relentless force to creating a world of longer, healthier lives. Watch the video below to learn more about past Heart2Heart Storytellers, and hear an important message from 

Inspiring stories are the most powerful tool to increase awareness. By sharing your story, you could be featured in our Heart2Heart campaign—and help support the important work of the American Heart Association. 

“I am so thankful to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island for sponsoring the Heart2Heart Storytellers,” shared Michelle Clark, SNE AHA Go Red for Women Development Director. “This platform allows our brave storytellers who have been touched by heart disease and stroke to share their experiences so that others might not suffer the same fate.” 

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health for this very reason. For information on how you can join or nominate someone for next year’s class of storytellers submit your story here, or email Go Red for Women Director, Michelle Clark, at Michelle.Clark@heart.org.

To submit your story, visit bcbsri.com/heart