received an email saying "Your Invited to the 2nd Annual Go Red for Women
Cocktails for a Purpose". Now I must admit my first thought was Valentine's Day is over so this must be a mistake. I opened the email to learn I was invited to "RSVP for an Evening of Cocktails for a Purpose”. This wasn't a late Valentine's Day invitation mishandled by my email provider but an invitation to the 2nd Annual Benefit for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign. I knew this was an event I didn't want to miss. I matched my red tie with my suit and was ready to go.
I arrived at the 191 Peachtree Tower in midtown Atlanta and proceeded to head to The Commerce Club on the 49th floor, . The choice of venue was on par with the seriousness of the event. Once entering the room I was greeted with a thank you for attending and big smile by Audra Cunningham Co-Host of the event. After grabbing my favorite beverage, cranberry juice, and light Hors d'oeuvres it was time to learn about why we were invited and what could we do to help.
Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an “older man’s disease.” To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women – a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health. Atlanta has the largest Circle of Red organization in the country. Circle of Red is a group of individuals in the local areas who have contributed significant resources and influence in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® Campaign.
Red campaign and how heart disease affected her life. She shared with us very daunting statistics and facts. We learned too many women die each year because they don't know heart disease is their No. 1 killer. Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death among women 20 and older, killing about one woman a minute. 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease. More women die of heart disease than the next four causes of death combined.