OceanView at Falmouth and the American Heart Association (AHA) will host the 3rd annual Go Red Survivor Gathering on Tuesday, June 5 from 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM at OceanView’s Lunt Auditorium in Falmouth. A special reception for heart disease and stroke survivors will be held from 5:00 -5:30 pm to provide an opportunity to network and share experiences.
This year’s event will feature guest speaker Mindy Beyer of Scarborough. When Beyer was born with a severe heart defect, her parents were told if she made it to the age of three and lived they would be “lucky”. Almost four decades later, she has not only defied her doctors but shaped her life and career as a nurse, spending most of her career in Cardiology where she now works as a Quality Improvement Specialist. “I knew after I had my first open-heart surgery at age 12 that I wanted to be in the health field to help others with heart disease,” said Beyer.
Her story will focus on how she overcame the many obstacles in her life to have a fulfilling career as well as becoming a wife and a mother. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, yet these diseases are 80 percent preventable. AHA staff will be on hand with information about how to manage risk factors to prevent these diseases.