American Heart Association Announces Woman of Impact Campaign Nominees

Each year a select group of individuals will be nominated to be part of the Woman of Impact Campaign because of their passion and drive to make a difference. All nominees are bringing together their own networks to form an impact team, set a goal, explore fundraising resources, and have a direct impact on the health of women in our community.

This special group of women will be celebrated for the overall impact they have on our mission and community. In addition, the woman who brings her network together to have the largest impact will be named the 2021 Woman of Impact Award winner. The winner will be announced at the 2021 Northern NJ Go Red for Women Luncheon Digital Experience on Tuesday, May 11, 2021!

 The pandemic continues to rage on, with heart disease and stroke patients most at risk. Among women, who are disproportionately shouldering the burdens of this season, there is a troubling decline in awareness that cardiovascular disease is their #1 killer. This is a moment for women to take a stand, to unapologetically prioritize their health, and to drive change in their local communities ensuring equitable health for all. These women have answered the call.

 The nominees are:

 Patty Stern – West Orange, NJ. A professional communication and planning strategist, Patty has a passion to help others and make a difference in women’s health by helping them better understand how to advocate for their themselves through awareness and education. Being a heart attack survivor, Patty is utilizing her professional and personal expertise to share resources and opportunities available for women to take charge of their heart health.  Visit Patty’s campaign page to learn more about her efforts as a nominee.

Jessica Blomn – Haskell, NJ. A former swimmer and now a Physical Education and Health Teacher, Jessica has always been one to help others.  Being diagnosed with Afib and Mitral Valve Prolapse, Jessica has had two open heart surgeries and knows firsthand how important heart health is.  Jessica’s campaign engages with other local leaders to provide educational events around heart health that will raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke.  Visit Jessica’s campaign page to learn more about her efforts as a nominee.

Mindy FryToms River, NJ. Mindy Fry joined the Go Red for Women movement as a volunteer to also pursue her passion for helping others.  As a public health employee, Mindy hopes to not only make a difference in the community but to educate those on the importance of preventable risk factors, particularly hypertension, and provide valuable information that can save lives.  Visit Mindy’s campaign page to learn more about Mindy’s campaign and be a part of a life changing opportunity to create more awareness for those in need.

Nicole PhillipsMidland Park, NJ. In November 2018 Nicole had a massive SCAD (spontaneous coronary artery dissection) heart attack and went into cardiac arrest three times. Although Nicole lived a healthy lifestyle and did not have the traditional risk factors for heart disease, she hopes to help educate women more on how SCAD can affect anyone at any time.  You can learn more about her efforts to help fund life-saving research by visiting Nicole’s campaign page and join us on May 11 at the Northern NJ Go Red for Women Luncheon, where we will feature Nicole’s story and learn more how we can fight to end heart disease and stroke.

 “New Jersey residents can directly support each nominee by visiting their personalized American Heart Association Woman of Impact webpage,” says Lori Walker, Go Red for Women Director, American Heart Association’s Northern NJ Go Red for Women campaign “We encourage healthy competition that will make a difference throughout our region by supporting these women and their cardiovascular fundraising and health goals for our community.”

For more information on how to support the nominees or to register for the Northern NJ Go Red for Women luncheon, please contact Lori Walker, Lori.Walker@heart.org or visit nnjgored.heart.org