Nearly 400 people rocked their red and celebrated the strength of women in the fight against heart disease on Thursday. The Syracuse Go Red for Women Luncheon encouraged attendees to “Reclaim Your Rhythm” and be a relentless force for longer, healthier lives.
The Go Red for Women® Luncheon, held at the Oncenter Convention Center, is the culmination of the year-round Go Red movement. The event, along with year-round activities, raised a total of more than $300,000.
“Now is the time to Reclaim Your Rhythm and take back control of your physical health and mental well-being,” said Jackie Ferrari, Go Red for Women chairwoman and founder and CEO of American Fashion Network. “One in three women are dying of cardiovascular disease, but losing even one woman is too many”
The afternoon’s keynote speaker was Syracuse University Women’s Basketball Coach Felisha Legette-Jack. She shared a personal story about the impact of heart disease and encouraged everyone to take action for their own health and the health of their loved ones.
Amy Robbins, of 93Q, and Lisa Spitz, of CNY Central, served as the emcees. They, and other speakers, shared lifesaving information about women’s health, and the impact the Go Red for Women movement is making. A panel discussion focused on maternal health. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of new moms.
Since 2004, Go Red for Women has had a profound impact on women’s health. As the trusted, passionate, and relevant force to eradicate heart disease and stroke, through the Go Red for Women movement, the American Heart Association remains steadfast and committed to meeting the comprehensive health needs of women — at every life stage.
The Go Red for Women movement is designed to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death for women in the United States, as well as generate funds for lifesaving cardiovascular research for women.
Go Red for Women is nationally sponsored by CVS Health and locally sponsored by St. Joseph’s Health, American Fashion Network, Kinney Drugs Foundation, National Grid, and media sponsors 93Q, Eagle Newspapers, NBC3/CBS5/CW6/CNYCentral.com, and Syracuse Woman Magazine.
For more information on the Syracuse Go Red for Women movement, visit http://syracusegored.heart.org.