SUPPORTING WOMEN’S HEALTH — Nearly 400 people attended the annual Go Red for Women Luncheon at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro on May 2. The event raised funds and awareness of heart disease and stroke in women. (Photo submitted)

Hundreds join fight against heart disease, stroke at annual luncheon ceremony

Published May 6, 2018 at 9:00am

Nearly 400 local women and men packed the room at Hart’s Hill Inn in Whitesboro on May 2 to help fight heart disease and stroke in women.

The chairwoman of the 2018 Go Red For Women campaign was Kate Rolf, President and CEO of Nascentia Health. 

“It has been an honor to serve as the chairwoman of this great event,” said Rolf.

“Go Red For Women encourages all of us to truly think about our own heart health and how we can improve the health of our community,” Rolf said, adding
“I am thankful for all the support this movement has received from local volunteers, donors, sponsors, and community leaders. Because of you, we are making a difference.”

This year’s luncheon recognized the third annual Go Red Survivor Class, sponsored by Nascentia Health.

The class features four local women who are survivors of heart disease. Survivor Class member Elizabeth Reardon shared her story. Reardon was born with a heart defect, but it wasn’t discovered until she was a mother of two.

Reardon says medical advancements made possible by the American Heart Association led to the surgery that fixed her heart.

Go Red For Women is nationally sponsored by Macys and CVS Health, and locally sponsored by Nascentia Health; First Source Federal Credit Union; Gilroy, Kernan and Gilroy Insurance; Masonic Care Community; M&T Bank; Mohawk Valley Health System; Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Lite 98.7; and Professional Media Services..

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. The AHA teams with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.

The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of the AHA offices around the country. Follow teh AHA on Facebook and Twitter.

The American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from stroke — the No. 2 cause of death in the world and a leading cause of serious disability. The ASA teams with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat stroke.

The Dallas-based association officially launched in 1998 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit StrokeAssociation.org. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association receives funding mostly from individuals. Foundations and corporations donate as well, and fund specific programs and events.

Strict policies are enforced to prevent these relationships from influencing the Association’s science content. Financial information for the American Heart Association, including a list of contributions from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers, is available at http://www.heart.org/corporatefunding.