News Release: 3/15/2017

News Release: 3/15/2017

News Release: 3/15/2017

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March 15, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Michelle Mason, Director of Communications
American Heart Association
michelle.mason@heart.org
832-918-4046

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION TO WELCOME OVER 500 RED-DRESSED LADIES AND MEN TO CITYCENTRE HOUSTON ON APRIL 28 FOR NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY GO RED FOR WOMEN ® LUNCHEON

HOUSTON (March 15, 2017) – The American Heart Association will welcome over 500 red-dressed ladies and men to CityCentre Houston’s Red Oak Ballroom on Friday, April 28 to celebrate the fight against heart disease and stroke at the annual Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women ® Luncheon.
This premiere philanthropic event aims to raise $200,000 towards lifesaving research necessary to save more lives from cardiovascular diseases and stroke – the No.1 and No.5 killers of all Americans. The event is being chaired by Courtney Altimore, Director of Business Development for Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital.
“Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 1 in 3 women each year, that’s about one woman every 80 seconds and the sad thing is that 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases can be prevented,” said Jessaca Rodriguez, the Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Associate Director. “The Go Red for Women movement focuses on prevention, education and awareness in regards to women’s heart health. But we still have a lot more work to do to save more lives, and we’re humbled and thankful for the community for continuing to rally around us in support.”
This year’s event, sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by Memorial Hermann Cypress, Houston Methodist Willowbrook and Houston Methodist West, will honor Leslie Martone, the President of Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce.
“Leslie is a champion for all things heart. She has been a longtime advocate for the American Heart Association, and the sudden loss of her mother to a stroke two years ago, gives her another why to continue supporting this importance cause,” said Leslie Francis, Director of Marketing for Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District and the Luncheon’s Open Your Heart Chair.
Every year, the luncheon also features one inspirational story from a local woman. This year, the luncheon will hear the powerful and impactful story of Nicki James, who had a stroke when she was only 27 years old in the middle of church.
James, who is now a lawyer and mother to two young boys, says she owes her life to the research funded by the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, and can’t wait to share her story at the luncheon.
About 3.6 million stroke survivors alive today are women. However, stroke kills nearly 130,000 people every year, that’s roughly 1 in every 20 deaths.
Through the outreach and efforts of Go Red for Women ®, today about 293 fewer r women in the U.S. die from heart disease and stroke each day. Just two years ago, the AHA/ASA’s efforts helped drop stroke from the No.4 to the No.5 cause of death in the U.S.
The luncheon will kick-off at 11:00 a.m. with fun activities such as a silent auction, a photobooth sponsored by Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, health screenings sponsored by North Cypress Medical Center, Hands-Only CPR demonstrations, and a selfie station sponsored by Houston Methodist.
Tickets will be available for the luncheon until April 21. For more information, email Jessaca.Rodriguez@heart.org, or visit nwharriscountygored.heart.org.
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ABOUT GO RED FOR WOMEN
Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Cardiovascular diseases in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red for Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s.
Contact:
Michelle Mason, Director of Communications, Gulf Coast Division
michelle.mason@heart.org, (832) 918-4046