Heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Since 1984, more women than men have died each year from heart disease and the gap between men and women's survival continues to widen.
"Great strides in women's heart health have been made in the last decade. In fact, more than 627,000 women's lives have been saved, thanks to the collective energy, passion, time, money and heart of the millions of Americans who have supported this movement," said Cheryl Byington, Go Red for Women Houston Campaign Chair.
The symptoms of heart disease can be different in women vs. men, and are often misunderstood. While one in 31 American women dies from breast cancer each year, one in three dies of heart disease.
This year's luncheon will feature Jewelry Designer and Entrepreneur Kendra Scott as keynote speaker. Scott will discuss her global multimillion dollar brand and her company's founding philosophies, "Family, Fashion & Philanthropy."
Joining Scott to share her own personal heart disease story will be Alaina Dixon, a Houston marathon runner and congenital heart disease survivor. Dixon was just 20 short yards from the finish line at the 2011 Chevron Houston Marathon when she collapsed and experienced sudden cardiac death. With CPR and the use of an onsite AED, Dixon was stabilized prior to receiving treatment at a local hospital.
Tickets are $250 per person, with tables starting at $2,500 up to $5,000. Tickets are available online at www.heart.org/houstongoredluncheon or by phone (713) 610-5000.
The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement has been impacting the health of women for 10 years. More than 627,000 women's lives have been saved, but the fight is far from over.
Visit GoRedForWomen.org for more information or call 1-888-MY-HEART.