Go Red for Women luncheon shines light on women’s #1 killer

Star Jones was the keynote speaker at this year’s lunch.

Star Jones was the keynote speaker at this year’s lunch.

The Westchester-Fairfield Region American Heart Association welcomed more than 400 attendees to the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich at its Go Red for Women Luncheon and Learning Sessions May 30.

The half-day event raises awareness and funds to combat heart disease and stroke, the number one and three killers among women, respectively.

Entertainment personality and American Heart Association national volunteer Star Jones served as the event’s keynote speaker, while Emmy Award-winning reporter and Old Greenwich resident Kendra Farn of P Garyn Productions, hosted the event.

Ms. Jones successfully underwent open heart surgery in 2010 and now dedicates her time to battling cardiovascular disease with the AHA.

The AHA Go Red for Women campaign provides women with the tools and information necessary to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. Cardiovascular disease claims the lives of more than 432,000 women each year­–10 times more than breast cancer. However, AHA reports that just one in five women believes that heart disease is her greatest health threat.

The organization recently published new stroke guidelines to promote healthier life style choice and preventative measures to reduce the risk of stroke.

At the event, Westchester survivor Katarina Weigel shared the story of her survival from cardiac arrest during a high school volleyball practice alongside her mother Daria. Katarina, an AHA You’re the Cure volunteer, supports the CPR in Schools bill meant to ensure that all high school students receive CPR training before graduating. Katarina’s coaches were able to save her by way of CPR and the use of an on-site automatic external defibrillator.

“Suffering from cardiac arrest at a young age taught me that there are silver linings in everything I do,” the 19-year old Yorktown Heights resident said. “I am grateful for the work of the American Heart Association and their work on the advocacy front and research which helps so many people just like me.”

The incident prompted Ms. Weigel’s family to seek treatment for heart arrthymias like hers and they now thank advances in science for their lives.

To donate to Go Red For Women, visit westfairgoredluncheon.heart.org or contact Deena Kaye at 914-640-3269 or email [email protected]

To learn more about women’s cardiovascular health and the AHA, visit Goredforwomen.org.

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