Heart2Heart Campaign Calls on Women to Share Stories of Surviving Heart Disease & Stroke

The American Heart Association seeks survivor stories to raise women’s heart disease and stroke awareness in support of the Go Red for Women Luncheon

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 the 2022 Heart2Heart Storytellers campaign. From the entries, several survivors will be selected to represent the campaign, which aims to raise awareness of two of the leading causes of death in women, and support the upcoming annual Go Red for Women Luncheon on February 11, 2022. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI), the campaign sponsor, will donate $25,000 to the Go Red for Women Luncheon in the name of the class of 2022 Heart2Heart survivors.

“This platform allows women who have been touched by heart disease and stroke to share their experiences so that others might not suffer the same fate,” shared Carla Mulhern, Executive Director of the Southern New England American Heart Association. “We are so appreciative of the generous sponsorship Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island provides so that we can further spread education and awareness of the leading causes of death in women.”

Submitting a personal story is simple. Women are invited to visit bcbsri.com/heart and complete a brief form and share their stories now through November 15, 2021, when the call for submissions ends. Applicants will be invited to the Heart2Heart Storytellers Showcase hosted by BCBSRI, where the official Heart2Heart survivors will be announced.

Watch the Go Red for Women Heart2Heart Storytellers Class of 2021 here:

For Melissa Cummings, executive vice president and chief customer officer at BCBSRI, the Heart2Heart campaign is testimony to the power of our stories. “Every year, I’m awed and inspired by the Heart2Heart Storytellers—by what they’ve overcome and how they’re helping other women protect their heart health,” said Cummings. “Their stories of survival and triumph bring people together, and that connection feels even more important during these times. At Blue Cross, we’re honored to sponsor the Heart2Heart Storytellers for the fifth year and to donate $25,000 to Go Red for Women in the names of our 2022 Storytellers.”

Since the campaign’s inception in 2018, BCBSRI has generously donated critical funds to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women in honor of the women who share their stories through the Heart2Heart campaign. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart and brain health.

To learn more about the Heart2Heart campaign, please visit bcbsri.com/heart, and to learn more about the Go Red for Women Luncheon, please visit SNEGoRedLuncheon.heart.org; or contact Michelle Clark at [email protected] or 401-228-2322.