Why do women try to do it all?

Why do women try to do it all?

Stroke Survivor Rosalind Passley will share her story at Mohawk Valley Goes Red on June 9. Visit UticaGoRed.heart.org for info.

Women work, care for families, and put their time and effort into making their communities a better place to live. But what is the cost to their heart health?

That’s one of the questions that will be explored during the 2021 Go Red Mohawk Valley Digital Experience, set for Wednesday, June 9, at noon on Zoom. For information and to register, go to UticaGoRed.heart.org.  

Kristy Mandour of Sow to Speak will give the keynote address.

“We all think we have to be Wonder Woman,” Mandour said. “I think women need to shift away from the mindset of ‘I should.’ I’d like to see us set ourselves up to be in a position of strength, rather than feeling we aren’t doing enough. I’m looking forward to talking about this during the Go Red for Women event on June 9.”

Rosalind Passley of Rome will share her story of surviving a stroke two years ago.

“I had had a headache, and we were working on getting my blood pressure under control,” Passley said. “One morning, I got up from bed and felt like my nearby bathroom was miles away. I collapsed, and my husband called 911. I was diagnosed with a stroke.”

Since April 12, three Mohawk Valley teens have been working to raise awareness in the community about heart disease, and have raised money to support the American Heart Association’s mission. They are part of the inaugural Teen of Impact campaign across upstate New York, sponsored in the Mohawk Valley by First Source Credit Union, and one teen will win a $1,000 scholarship. The teens will be introduced by video during the event.

Sherri Spina, a mindfulness consultant, will offer a centering moment for the attendees.

Guests will have a chance to open their hearts and make a personal donation to support the Go Red for Women goal of fighting heart disease and stroke in women.

Attendees will also have the chance to break into small groups for “Heart-to-Hearts” chats.

“We have put together a great program this year,” said Jennifer Keida, CEO of Standard Insulating, committee member of Go Red for Women, and member of the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association in the Mohawk Valley. “Every woman I know has done double and triple duty since the pandemic came – well, even before that. I encourage everyone to take this hour for themselves and learn how they can improve their heart health.”

For information or to register, visit GoRedUtica.heart.org or contact Sarah.Stevens@heart.org.