I am honored to serve as the chair of the 2013 Go Red For Women campaign. The American Heart Association created Go Red For Women to educate and empower women to take control of their heart health. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three women’s deaths each year. Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. Still, this disease is largely preventable.
I am the second man in the past three years to serve as chair of Go Red For Women. I think this is not only appropriate, it is important. Every man has at least one woman in his life because every man has a mother. I have been involved with Go Red For Women in memory of my beloved mother Pauline. She died suddenly of a heart attack in July 2006, a year almost to the day after my father Vernon died of lymphoma. My sisters and I miss them both terribly and we think of them every day. Heart disease has probably also touched you or someone you love.
Thank you to the Dayton chapter of the American Heart Association for trusting me to serve as Go Red For Women chair this past year. Thank you also to all of the volunteers and staff who have made this campaign/event possible. We appreciate your support for this important cause. We hope that you will join us at the 2013 Dayton Go Red For Women Luncheon on May 2, 2013 at Sinclair Community College's Ponitz Center.
Welcome to the 2013 Dayton Go Red For Women Luncheon! We’re delighted you are here and appreciate your interest in learning how you can advance health, stop heart disease and save women’s lives. That’s what the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement is all about.
Heart disease isn’t just a man’s problem. It’s a woman’s problem, too. In fact, it’s the No. 1 killer of women. And, tragically, far too few women realize their risk from this preventable disease. We need to raise women’s awareness of their risk and protect our mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and ourselves.
You can help, starting today. Here’s how:
First, take charge of your own heart health. Visit your doctor. Know your numbers (learn more at www.GoRedForWomen.org). You can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol and other numbers by making lifestyle changes. You’ll be healthier and look and feel better, too.
Second, join the American Heart Association in making it your mission to fight heart disease in women. Help spread the word that heart disease is women’s No. 1 killer. Share what you learn today with your family and members of your community. Tell five women you want them to live and we can help stop heart disease in our lifetime.
Third and last, consider making a contribution. Your donation today will make a difference in the lives of women here and across the country. You can help fund local and national Go Red activities that support awareness, research, education and community programs that benefit women.
Thank you again for being here. My hope is that you won’t leave today without committing to making a difference by joining the Go Red For Women movement — women everywhere need your help. Only one in five women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat. We believe reducing risk and preventing heart disease starts with education — and you. There’s so much to do, and so much at stake.
With your commitment, we can help women and their families live longer, stronger lives. Thank you for your generous support.
Chief Executive Officer
American Heart Association
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